Police say that there is a new type of drug war going on and it involves our children.
Marijuana use from school aged children has declined slightly but a more dangerous replacement has been seen nationwide. Prescription drugs are commonly used to create a “cocktail” mixing any kind of drug that the child can get their hands on. And where are they getting them? At home, your house.
Last week police and fire units rushed to an area school in Charlotte North Carolina where seven children were unconscious and found to be under the influence of drugs. Investigation later showed that the children had bought and used a combination of prescription drugs that she had taken from her parents medicine cabinet before leaving for school. These children survived and was released from the hospital the next day.
In East Windsor Connecticut two children home from school unsupervised took a combination of alcohol and prescription drugs that they took from their parents closet and their parents found them as they returned from work. The two died before they reached the hospital.
This week-end another tragedy occurred in Georgia where authorities tell us that
drugs stolen from a cancer patient may have caused the death of a Catoosa County teenager and led to the arrest of one of his friends.
The body of Timothy Lebron Smith, 16, was found on Saturday. Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers said Smith had taken four 80 mg. Oxycodone pills given to him Friday by a classmate at Ringgold High School. Three other students, including the suspect, also took several pills each and became sick, according to Summers. One had to be hospitalized.
Sheriff Summers said investigators believe the 15-year-old suspect stole the Oxycodone from his grandfather’s lock box. Oxycodone is a prescription pain reliever.
“Oxycodone is a time-released drug,” Sheriff Summers told the Catoosa County News. “They were probably uneducated about the drug, took a couple pills and when they felt no effect, they took more. By the time they knew something was wrong, it was too late.”
The teen faces voluntary manslaughter and drug charges. He will be prosecuted as a juvenile.
“Ringgold High School has suffered a tragic loss over the weekend,” Catoosa County School Superintendent Denia Reese said in a release. “The school, board of education and all employees are mourning the loss of this student.”
Police say that these overdoses are at an epidemic purporting and see no end in sight. The medications are free, they’re easily accessible at home or relatives and they often give the buzz or high that the kids are looking for.
Parents are urged to lock all medications up in a safe, lock box or other secured areas.
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