SAN LUIS, Ariz. – A 15-year-old girl died Sunday in this city in what is suspected to be a fentanyl overdose.

Luis Cebreros, spokesman for the San Luis Fire Department, said the unidentified girl was found unresponsive by firefighters who were called to her home about 10 a.m.

“We think she died about two hours earlier owing to the condition of the girl’s body,” he said. “A monitor was used to detect any activity in her heart, but there was nothing. There was nothing that could be done to help her.”

The fire department was waiting for the results of a toxicological test to determine the exact cause of death, he said.

“The girl appeared to be healthy, and there were no clear signs that she had taken some drug,” Cebreros said. “Given that no help was given to her, nor was Narcan used, we can’t confirm the cause of death, although it is suspected to have been an overdose.”

Narcan, or naloxone, is an opioid overdose antidote used to revive drug users.

If an overdose is ruled as the cause of death, it would be the first recorded in San Luis in 2020. There was one overdose in the city last year.

It would also be the sixth overdose in San Luis in February, up from three recorded by the fire department in January.

An opioid prescribed as a pain management drug, fentanyl can be combined with illicit drugs in pill or powder form to create a cheaper, more intense high. But fentanyl is also highly addictive and can be fatal to the user in even small amounts.

In 2019, the number of reported overdoses in San Luis reached 40, up from 15 the prior year, according to the fire department, the agency routinely is called to treat overdose victims.

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