Four Norman High School students suspected of overdosing on drugs

Two Norman High School students were sent to a juvenile detention center Monday after four other students were sent to Norman Regional Hospital. The four hospitalized students had been exhibiting signs of a drug overdose, officials said.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: April 1, 2013 at 8:48 pm •  Published: April 1, 2013
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— Four Norman High School students exhibiting signs of a drug overdose Monday morning apparently took anti-anxiety prescription medicine a student brought from home, school officials said.

The four teens were released Monday afternoon from Norman Regional Hospital after being treated in the emergency room about 11 a.m., a hospital spokesman said.

Two students questioned by police were taken to a juvenile detention center for their part in the incident, said Norman Public School spokeswoman Shelly Hickman.

The two students who were detained were not among those taken to the hospital, Hickman said.

Hickman said a teacher first noticed one of her students exhibiting signs of drug misuse shortly after 9 a.m. After the student was interviewed, three more students were identified as being under the influence of some type of prescription drug.

Police said they were able to determine that students had taken Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, and possibly a muscle relaxer.

“School officials were able to get to the heart of what happened very quickly because of the cooperation of other students,” Hickman said.

Norman Public Schools has a strict anti-drug policy, Hickman said. Students who bring drugs onto school property face suspension for up to a year, she said.


by Jane Glenn Cannon
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A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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