Updated: Sep. 29, 2023, 3:32 p.m.| Published: Sep. 28, 2023, 12:44 p.m.
Portland Police Bureau bike patrol holds aluminum foil containing a suspected fentanyl pill in Old Town on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.Vickie Connor/The Oregonian
Nine children in Portland have overdosed – five fatally – on what investigators suspect was fentanyl since mid-June, police said Thursday.
The victims in the fatal overdoses include a 1-year-old, a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old.
Also among those who died was a 15-year-old girl. Portland Public Schools provided a message Tuesday signed by Jefferson High School Principal Drake Shelton announcing sophomore Hokunani “Star” Osorno’s death.
“Star was a bright light to everyone who knew her,” the note reads. “Her passing will leave an indelible mark on her family and the Jeff community.”