|Drugs like Ritalin and Adderall help kids with Attention Deficit Disorder to concentrate, but some kids are passing them around to their friends.||
Teachers Memorial Middle School in Norwich.
|Norwich middle school kids hospitalized after sharing ADD drug|
NORWICH, Conn., March 16 – It’s a drug not being sold on the streets or being dealt in the neighborhoods, but it may be in your kids’ school. Drugs like Ritalin and Adderall help kids with Attention Deficit Disorder to concentrate. But, police say some kids are taking their pills and giving them to friends who don’t need them.
Norwich Police are investigating the incident which they say involved eighth grade students at Teachers Memorial Middle School. They say some kids were passing the drug out and in the end three children ended up in the hospital. “Obviously the reaction was one of concern and determining why these children actually took this type of a pill,” Norwich Police Sgt. James Daigle said. “The Adderall is an amphetamine and it is addictive if abused. Certainly no parent wants to deal with that kind of thing,” he said.
Sgt. Daigle says parents should control and supervise the medication if
their kids are taking it. He also suggests parents talk to doctors
and pharmacists about all of its effects.
“A school nurse needs to be dispensing it and it needs to be controlled
in that way, not given to the child to take to school,” Debbie Chang of
Preston said. That’s apparently what happened on Wednesday.
Three students were sent to the hospital. Police say they ended up
there after taking Adderall. It’s used to treat ADD, but authorities
say a student brought it from home, passed it onto some friends who passed
it on to more people.
The three students who ended up at the hospital were treated and released. The school’s principal declined to talk to NBC 30 on camera and said the investigation is ongoing. He also confirmed the pills did come from the home of a student and that suspending that student is under consideration.