Multiple High Schoolers Hospitalized for Suspected Overdose

By Victoria Kim 04/17/18

Some students at the Washington DC high school claim that Percocet was involved.

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Students at a Washington, DC high school were hospitalized Friday afternoon, due to a suspected drug overdose.

According to the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (FEMS), six students at Woodrow Wilson High School in northwest D.C. were hospitalized in serious, but not life-threatening, condition for what authorities suspect was a “potential or possible overdose.”

Authorities were called to the school around noon, The Washington Post reports.

According to ABC 7, some students claim that Percocet was involved. The pain-relieving pharmaceutical drug contains oxycodone and acetaminophen, and is used for moderate to moderately severe pain.

In a letter to families, Woodrow Wilson Principal Kimberly Martin notified parents of the incident. “This afternoon, several of our students became ill at school,” it reads. “Following proper protocols, we immediately contacted Emergency Medical Services, and the students were referred to the appropriate medical officials.”

Earlier this month, a Texas high school student was arrested and charged with two felonies for allegedly supplying the LSD that caused three fellow students to overdose in a span of one week.

Alyssa Qualls, 18, of Drippings Spring High School in Drippings Spring, Texas, was charged with delivery of a controlled substance to a child, a second-degree felony that can result in a 2-20 year prison sentence; and the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, a state jail felony that can result in 180 days to 2 years in jail.

“Anytime you’re dealing with a drug like LSD, it’s very concerning,” said Lt. Dennis Gutierrez. “We don’t see it very often, especially at our schools.”

According to The Guardian, the number of American teens lost to a fatal drug overdose increased by almost a fifth in 2015. 

This came after “seven years of decline”—a 26% decrease from 2007-2014—according to the National Center for Health Statistics. “We wanted to document that in this age group there had been a decline [in deaths],” said Sally Curtin, lead author of the study. “The trends were unique for this age group. But, once again, it did increase again between 2014 and 2015.”

In 2014, the number of fatal drug overdoses among American teens was 658. In 2015, the number had reached 772.

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