LOS ANGELES (CNS) – USC President Carol L. Folt says in remarks reported today that police investigators are looking into drug overdoses as a potential cause of death among some of the nine students who have died this semester.
While Folt would not elaborate on the scope of the inquiries or circumstances of the individual deaths, citing federal student privacy laws, she said Wednesday USC is working with the Los Angles Police Department on the cases and “doubling down” on education and outreach over drug abuse, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Three of the nine deaths have been ruled suicides, but the cause or causes in the remaining cases have not been officially determined.
Investigators are trying to determine whether any student deaths are connected with tainted drugs, said sources who spoke to The Times on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment. The sources stressed that no links to tainted drugs have yet been confirmed.
Autopsies and toxicology tests are still pending in a number of the deaths.