Riverside school employee arrested for giving fentanyl to students

A search of the Harloam-Garrison home turned up more than 100 suspected fentanyl pills – Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

Riverside police arrested a school employee for providing fentanyl to students, one of whom overdosed.

Melissa Harloam-Garrison, 46, was arrested this week on suspicion of providing the drug to Bright Futures Academy, a private school that caters to students with special abilities.

Police were first alerted to Harloam-Garrison’s dealings after an uncontrollable minor was found on the school campus.

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After a school investigation revealed that she was the one suspected of supplying drugs to students, the police searched her house. They found more than 100 fentanyl pills, two pistols and various types of ammunition.

Harloam-Garrison was arrested and booked for possession of narcotics for sale, sale of narcotics to minors, possession of controlled substances, drug addict in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm on a school campus, being a prohibited person for possessing or possessing a firearm and danger to children. She is being held on $50,000 bond.

Her husband, David Garrison, 56, was arrested and booked for possession of a firearm on campus and for being a person prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm. He is being held on $25,000 bond.

Fentanyl is the drug that is causing the most overdose deaths in the United States and the numbers are so high that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the consumption of this synthetic opioid grew by more than 38% during the pandemic.

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