Dear Goshen families,
I am writing to make you aware of some upsetting incidents that occurred at Goshen High School.
This week, several high school students have required medical attention after ingesting unknown substances during the school day. The alleged substances taken varied from student to student, but all caused negative reactions including pale skin, elevated heart rate (over 100 bpm), slurred speech, unsteady gait, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.
All students have received medical treatment and are getting support from their families, and district officials are working with the Village of Goshen Police Department to gather information that will aid in their investigation into the source of these substances.
It is important that our families are aware of the dangers of these highly potent substances that are circulating in our schools. It is also important to know that this issue is not isolated to Goshen, nor is it isolated to any “type” of student. It is a widespread epidemic that is hurting our children and our families, and it knows no bounds.
In mid-March, District Attorney David Hoovler put out a joint statement with the Police Chiefs’ Association of Orange County in response to an alarming increase in Orange County high school students needing medical attention after ingesting a variety of substances. You can view that statement here. Substance abuse among teens has been noticeably exacerbated by the pandemic, and we must work together to protect our children.
The district has reached out to local agencies for resources to help address this issue in our schools. Please view the resources from the Office of Addiction Services and Supports.
Physical Signs of Substance Use
- Physical appearance
- Small pupils
- Decreased respiratory rate
- Non responsiveness
- Loss or increase in appetite
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Intense flu-like symptoms (nausea, vomiting, sweating, shaky hands, feet or head, large pupils)
- Wearing long-sleeves or hiding arms
Behavioral Signs of Substance Use
- Change in attitude and/or personality
- Tendency to avoid contact with family and/or friends
- Change in friends, hobbies, activities and/or sports
- Drops in grades or performance at work
- Isolation and secretive behavior
- Moodiness, irritability, nervousness, giddiness
- Tendency to steal
Advanced Signs of Substance Abuse
- Missing medications
- Burnt or missing spoons and/or bottle caps
- Small bags with powder residue
- Missing shoelaces and/or belts
- Orange County Crisis Line 1-800-832-1200