Drugs in Schools

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On January 20, Okaloosa County sheriff's officials received word that a student at Richbourg Middle School had illegally shared the prescription drug Adderall, used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

"Unfortunately and sadly, the news value may not be how unusual this is but rather how common it is. We've had 22 cases so far that have been investigated primarily by the resource officers but in a couple of incidents by other deputies of drugs on campus at just about every school you can name," says Okaloosa County Sheriff PIO Rick Hord.

Of 22 cases since the beginning of the school year, many involved prescription drugs. This incident raises the question; do young children know the dangers of prescription drugs?

School superintendent Jim Gaetz says in the case of prescription drugs, schools monitor their use.

"If that medication is going to be administered at school it has to be administered by the school nurse or by someone who is involved in the school health office or someone who's trained to administer that medication and make sure its distribution is controlled."

Public information officer Rick Hord says drug education starts with mom and dad.

"Communication is key, both with your children and other parents and with the school."

He says that's the best way for schools to keep kids in and drugs out.

Criminal charges don't appear likely in the case of students sharing Adderall. By the time sheriff's officials got wind of the violations, the drugs had been used or thrown away.