Valley school districts combating the Vaping epidemic

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EDINBURG, Texas – A national epidemic is reaching the Rio Grande Valley. In a Local 23 News special series, we take a closer look at the dangers of vaping. Local 23’s Alfredo Cuadros meets one-on-one with leaders in our school districts, and some of their concerns when they find a student has a vaping product.

It is a fast-growing trend among teens and an even bigger health concern for parents. In some cases the numbers are alarming. Edinburg CISD says they’ve already dealt with over 160 cases of vaping. The police chief says he worries about the products the kids are inhaling. Including a growing trend of marijuana based products. Something that’s prompting them to be proactive in the fight against drugs.

Edinburg CISD Police Chief Ricardo Perez Jr. says they’ve had several students go to the emergency room. Many of them complaining breathing problems.

Chief Perez is not alone. In Edinburg, Brownsville and Harlingen presentations are in the works that will be mandatory for all children to learn about the dangers of vaping.

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