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Police: 13-year-old being investigated for bringing Vicodin to Antioch school

Updated: December 2, 2013 12:38PM

One of 10 students taken to the hospital Tuesday after coming in contact with a prescription drug at Antioch Upper Grade School has been asked to stay away from school while police continue to investigate.

The 13-year-old girl is believed to have passed out the hydrocodone/acetaminophen pills to classmates after stealing them from her mother’s prescription pill container that morning, police said Friday. Charges are possible, police said.

The 10 students included five girls and five boys, all 13 years old. One of the students stayed overnight at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, police said.

One student vomited after taking one of the pills, also known as Vicodin.

Students were transported to the hospital because they either ingested or touched a pill. Those who returned to school Wednesday were brought in to talk with administrators, police said.

“The staff at AUGS treated the incident in a very professional manner keeping the safety of the students first and contacting the Antioch Fire Department and Antioch Police Department immediately upon the knowledge of the potential health concerns for the students involved,” Sgt. Richard Moritz said.

Antioch police said they will have a drug awareness event Nov. 7 at the school and one of the topics will be the dangers of prescription drugs. Students in fourth through sixth grades are encouraged to attend with their parents or guardians from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The seminar includes a pizza dinner, games and prizes. Topics include bullying, drug awareness, stranger danger and electronic communications.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, prescription drug abuse has become more prevalent than “street drugs” such as heroin and cocaine.

Aiming to curb prescription drug abuse, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office hosted a drug drop-off day to properly dispose of unwanted drugs. The Drug Enforcement Agency’s semiannual National Drug Take-Back Initiative included drop-off locations at the Beach Park Village Hall and the Volo Village Hall.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office collected 486 pounds of medication throughout the day. On Monday, the drugs were transported to the DEA drop-off site in Arlington Heights. Last year, the DEA collected 23,585 pounds of drugs in Illinois, 8,000 from Lake County alone. The drugs will be transported to a licensed disposal site in Indiana for destruction.

The Antioch Police Department accepts drop-offs during regular office hours as part of the Highland Park-based Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation created by David and Gail Katz and their daughter, Melissa Gold, following the death of their son, Daniel, from an overdose of OxyContin.

Other departments that also have the drop boxes, which look like mailboxes, include Deerfield, Fox Lake, Hawthorn Woods, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Mundelein, Round Lake Beach, Vernon Hills, Zion and the Greater Barrington area.

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