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Drug-related incidents have skyrocketed in the Detroit Public Schools Community District — going from 289 incidents in 2019-21 to 1,735 incidents in 2021-23 — and Superintendent Nikolai Vitti is asking state leaders for help curbing what he claims is a “distressing escalation” of marijuana in schools, he wrote in a letter sent Thursday.

Vitti wrote that during this school year alone, the district has faced 745 drug-related incidents. The superintendent wrote that edible packaging has become particularly problematic in schools, because packaging can look like regular candy, making it easier for students to have edibles on campus.

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