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Deputies: School overdose part of larger trend

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New details in a drug overdose investigation. Deputies now say it is part of trend hitting our schools.

Drugs like codeine, hydrocodone, oxycotin and morphine are reserved for people with high levels of pain, but now-a-days they are landing in the hands of students.

“I think the accessibility is the main reason.” Sgt. Cameron Cobrin says it is becoming more common for minors to have access to medications through family medicine cabinets.

Deputies haven't confirmed that was the case in an incident Wednesday where EMS rushed two North Pitt High School freshmen to the hospital. Deputies say one left his classroom complaining of discomfort, while another was given CPR on scene.

“I was the first one there and he was down so I initiated CPR,” Joy Langley said. She and Corbin both stakeholder and school resource officers say this trend has a lot to do with peer pressure too.

“I'm a parent and we all want to say our kids won't do that. But kids are kids and they make decisions and they have to live by their choices,” Langley said.

“It is dangerous particularly when mixing medication or taking medications that are not prescribed,” Cobrin adds.

Deputies report the two teenagers involved in Wednesday’s possible overdose are ok, but say they are not sure it will be the last. They want parents to take action.

“Take precaution to make sure their medication is secure. Medication that is old, the Sheriff's Office has a drop off at the courthouse,” Cobrin said.

Deputies say heroin is another thing to be on the lookout for. Since prescription drugs are more expensive, sometimes going for $10 each, teenagers are turning to heroin because it is cheaper.

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Pitt County School officials say two students are believed to have over dosed at North Pitt High School Wednesday.

Pitt County School’s Spokesperson Brock Letchworth tells 9 On Your Side two male students were taken to Vidant Hospital just before noon.

One of the boys teacher’s thought he was sleeping in class. She tried to wake him up but he was unresponsive and was transported to the hospital by EMS. Another student left his classroom because he wasn’t feeling well, and passed out in the office, before he was taken to the hospital by EMS.

Both students are now up, and coherent.

Letchworth says there are all indications that the students took some kind of prescription pills.

If it’s determined they had anything on campus, they will be disciplined according to the student code of conduct. The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this incident.
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