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Bellingham School District says “full” test of confiscated gum shows no illegal substances

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Gum confiscated from a middle school student yesterday and thought to be tainted by fentanyl and other substances, was tested and determined not to be tainted by illegal substances according to a statement issued later today, Friday, April 21st, by the school district.

A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker

Dear families, staff, students and community members,

This evening Bellingham Police Department notified us that they have continued to test the gum/candy that was confiscated at Kulshan yesterday. Although the initial results from Thursday evening and today were positive for opioids and fentanyl as we shared earlier today, a full lab analysis was performed late today on the gum/candy and no illegal substances were detected.

Due to the full laboratory analysis, police do not think there are any illicit drugs in the gum/candy confiscated.

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