Editorial: No rest in war on prescription abuse

Three Franklin Community Middle School students were detained and questioned last month in connection with the illegal sale and use of prescription drugs.

The incident started when a student was sent to the school office wobbling and with slurred speech. Staff members found that the student had taken alprazolam, sold under brand names such as Xanax that treats anxiety and that the student had been given the drug at school. The student was taken by a parent to an area hospital. And school officials quickly found out that seven students had either taken, handed out or sold the drug at school.

Police believe at least one of the two students who was handing out and selling the alprazolam stole 16 or 17 of the pills from home. Nine of the pills were found at the school, Franklin Police Chief Tim O’Sullivan said.

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