Police refer 15-year-old boy after teen drug overdose
A 15-year-old boy has been referred to the Washington County Juvenile Department for possible charges, after Hillsboro Police say he delivered prescription drugs to Hillsboro High School students. Five of the students were hospitalized after overdosing on precription drugs while at school on May 2.
Three students reported not feeling well at about 10:45 a.m., according to the school district. Those students were taken to the hospital as a precaution after school officials realized the students had ingested some form of intoxicant. Two other students were identified later that day and were taken to the hospital for evaluation by their parents. None of the students appeared to be in any life-threatening emergency.
An investigation into the incident revealed the students had ingested controlled substances in the benzodiazepine family, often used to treat anxiety or sleep disorders, according to Hillsboro Police Department spokesman Eric Bunday.
The accused boy is not currently in custody, Bunday said. It will be up to the Juvenile Department to decide whether to press charges or not.
The Tribune does not print the names of juveniles accused of crimes unless they are tried as an adult.