Posted: Feb 28, 2013 6:30 PM by Jessica Holley - email@example.com
Updated: Feb 28, 2013 6:46 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - More students at Hamlin Middle School have admitted to taking the prescription drugs passed out by a classmate Wednesday. A total of 13 students have now come forward admitting to taking the prescription drug clonidine, a drug often taken for ADHD and many other disorders. Thursday, the school continued to investigate to find out which student brought this medication to school.
"The parent of the student did indicate to us that that was the child's prescription and the bottle did have the actual label on it and the student's name did appear on the label," says school Principal Delma Yzaguirre.
Yzaguirre spoke with her students this morning on the importance of not taking other people's prescription drugs.
"Our plan is to have our counselors go in to the classrooms and talk to them about making better choices, not taking things like somebody else's prescription drug," says Yzaguirre.
But sadly Jacob Hammond says this is a growing trend he's seen in the past three years working as a drug abuse counselors.
"We had a lot of 16-17 year olds when I started here in 2010 and right now our group is majority 14-15 year old kids, 7th and 8th grade," says Jacob Hammond, a drug abuse counselor at Palmer Drug Abuse Program.
Hammond says often kids feel pressured to fit in, which leads them to taking the drugs. But Yzaguirre says she was thankful to her staff and teachers for calling attention to the problem quickly Wednesday, and continues to remind parents to pay close attention to all medication at home and keep it secured.
"And I don't know how the student got possession of his medication, as for where it was stored at home we don't know. But my advice to all parents is keep the medicine locked up," says Yzaguirre.
Some of the students who were taken to the Driscoll Children's Hospital Wednesday, were back in school Thursday, but all who were involved will face some type of punishment determined by the district. The principal says all 13 who took the drug could face up to a three day suspension and time at an alternative campus including the student who brought it.
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