Police: Teens Stole Cough Medicine Used To Overdose


UPDATED: Friday February 17, 2012 6:17 PM

Police on Friday said that two of the students who overdosed on cough medicine Thursday stole the pills from a nearby CVS store.

Four Westerville North High School students took cough medicine, and two had to be taken to a hospital on Thursday, 10TV’s Tanisha Mallett reported.

Police said that they believed the students, ages 14 to 16, were trying to get high while at school.

Investigators said that two of the students skipped their first-period classes, went to a local CVS store and shoplifted two boxes of Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold tablets. Coricidin is a cough medicine for people with high blood pressure.

Police said that the two students met up with other teenagers and took the pills together.

Three girls took anywhere from eight to 12 pills, Frazer reported.

All four students later got ill in class, Mallett reported.

"Two girls were transported for medical attention," Westerville police Sgt. Charles Chandler said. "The other girls were picked up by their parents."

Westerville City Schools officials said that they wanted to use the incident as an opportunity to remind students and parents about misusing over-the-counter medications.

District officials said that the students would face disciplinary action, Mallett reported.

Police said that they had contacted the CVS store about the theft, but had not heard if the store would pursue charges.

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