San Antonio high school students organize fentanyl awareness event

The event called ‘F.E.A.R. Fest’ happened Saturday afternoon

SAN ANTONIO – Rise Inspire Academy senior Zachary Combs and his classmates organized a festival on Saturday dedicated to educating people on the dangers of fentanyl.

Combs and other students recovering from substance abuse called the event “F.E.A.R. Fest.”

“F.E.A.R.” stands for fentanyl education awareness and recovery.

Combs said he hopes his story of recovery can inspire others.

“Going from somebody who was using drugs every day and having, really, no hope to speaking in front of an audience and sharing my story. It really helps with my recovery,” Combs said. “I know it really helps the people around me, too.”

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Nate Kotisso joined KSAT as a digital journalist in 2024. He previously worked as a newspaper reporter in the Rio Grande Valley for more than two years and spent nearly three years as a digital producer at the CBS station in Oklahoma City.

David Sears, a native San Antonian, has been at KSAT for more than 20 years.

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