Five local high school students were hospitalized yesterday after taking some anti-depressants one of them brought to school.

Of those, four were released from the hospital and taken to another facility for mental evaluations and one remains in intensive care. It wasn’t reported how many of the pills these students took. A sixth student, who took only one pill, was not hospitalized.

The 10th- and 11th graders took Elavil which is used to treat depression and in some cases, chronic pain. The pills, according to police reports, had been prescribed for the father of one of the kids involved.

The side effects related to an overdose are frightening, especially when the first sentence says, “can prove fatal.”

This is so incredibly tragic and was so preventable. It would be easy to blame the parents, but I can’t imagine that any parent could foresee their child stealing medication and distributing it at school and not taking steps to prevent it.

I have rheumatoid arthritis. My kids know this. They know that I take so much medication to control it that I rattle. I just can’t see them taking any of my meds to school and sharing.

I have had the obligatory “drug and alcohol” talk with both of my kids and will periodically reiterate my position, loudly and forcefully. But, I have not taken precautions to secure my meds. It never crossed my mind that it would be necessary.

I firmly believe that I don’t have to worry about either of my kids getting involved in drugs. But, how do any of us really know?

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