A 15-year-old Montgomery County Public Schools student is the latest young person to die of an overdose. Youth overdoses spiked in the D.C. suburb in 2022. Prince George’s and Prince William counties have also warned about the use of illicit drugs by this age group. Collette Suarez’s daughter, Russ, died of an accidental fentanyl-laced overdose when she was 19.
Collette was introduced to illegal drugs during a vulnerable time after experiencing sexual trauma. Montgomery County’s state’s attorney pledged to follow Good Samaritan’s lead and call 911 if someone overdosing.