FULLERTON, Calif. - A local teenager is dead from possible fentanyl poisoning, according to her family.
This is the third fentanyl-related teenage death in the area in less than a month.
Trinity Cornejo, 17, went to Troy High School in Fullerton. She died on Oct. 1.
The Fullerton Police Department has not yet confirmed how Trinity died, and the autopsy report is still pending.
- 17-year-old baseball player dies of fentanyl poisoning in Woodland Hills
- 15-year-old girl dies after taking fentanyl-laced pill on high school campus in Hollywood
- LAPD arrests 2 teens accused of selling fentanyl-laced pills to students in Hollywood
But her family hopes that this serves once again as a warning for others.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says fentanyl is the leading cause of death for adults ages 18 to 45.
About 71,000 people died from overdosing on synthetic opioids like fentanyl in 2021, up from almost 58,000 in 2020, according to the CDC. In comparison, the CDC estimates that in 2020, almost 700,000 people died from heart disease, roughly 600,000 from cancer and around 350,000 due to COVID-19.
Starting this month, L.A. Unified plans to have the overdose reversal drug Narcan available at all schools.