Possible Prescription Drug Incident At Rocky Heights Middle School
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4) – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is looking into a possible case involving students and prescription drugs.
The incident happened Friday at Rocky Heights Middle School in Highlands Ranch. Four students reported being sick at school.
After an investigation the sheriff’s office said prescription drugs may be involved.
The four children were released to their parents.
The student who brought the prescription drugs to school has not been identified, nor has the drug.
Police say the incident is an opportunity for all parents to take a look inside their medicine cabinets.
“Even if you’re a good parent and keeping stuff locked up and keeping it under control, you wonder how they get access to it from friends,” parent Mike Mullens said.
The incident happened the same weekend prescription take back events were held across the state, urging people to properly dispose of their old or un-used prescription pills.
The Drug Enforcement Administration says prescriptions are the drug of choice for children 12 to 17 years old, and the most abused class of drugs right now in the United States.
“Nobody seems to realize that our youth are going into our home medicine cabinets and getting all this stuff. Seventy-eight percent of kids are admitting right now, 12 to 17, I go to my parents cabinets, my neighbors cabinets and have these pill parties,” Special Agent David Schiller with the DEA said.
The district attorney will decide if any charges will be filed.