SC high school raises vigilance for drug use

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Officials at Hilton Head Island High School say they are searching students and checking their hall passes more closely after several fell ill after taking a combination of a prescription drug and a cold-and-cough medicine.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports (http://bit.ly/1f4jE2d) school principal Amanda O'Nan couldn't say how many students might have been part of the drug use, but she adds that there have been more instances than normal since Jan. 22,

O'Nan identified the drugs as Xanax and Coricidin, which she said can cause students to fall into a deep sleep when taken in combination.

The principal said eight drug-related incidents have led to disciplinary action, and 911 has been called twice in the past week because of drug problems.

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Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com

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