MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Police responded to Hamilton Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon after four students admitted to taking a pill, which was distributed by a classmate on a school bus.
The student who gave out the pills took them from his mother.
When a 9-year-old student kept falling asleep in class, teachers wondered why. When they asked, the student admitted to taking a pill given to him from a classmate. He said two other kids took a pill, too.
The mother of the 10-year-old student who passed out the pills was also called. She told police that the boy took her guanfacine hydrochloride, which is commonly used to treat hypertension and ADHD.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich says prescription pills can often be the start of drug addiction, and it's happening in more homes than parents realize.
"It may not be your kids that get their hands on them and get addicted, but that kid that comes to visit and gets their hands on them and helps themselves to a couple of them," she said.
Weirich says it's best to lock medicine in a cabinet, and dispose of all prescription drugs you don't need.
Parents at the school say the incident is a reminder to talk to you kids about drugs, and check on them constantly.
Hamilton is an clear-backpack pilot school, meaning kids have clear backpacks. The principal has asked parents to talk to their kids about prescription drugs.
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