Fond du Lac School Officials say a growing number of students are being expelled and suspended for selling and sharing prescription medications.
The Fond du Lac School district says last week two high school students were expelled. One possessed an illegal substance and the other possessed and distributed an illegal substance.
"It is not only dangerous for their health and their safety, but it is also illegal. And it also has the potential consequence of being expelled from school," said Marian Sheridan, Coordinator of School Health & Safety at Fond du Lac School District.
School officials say 16 students were expelled this year and in half of those cases students were either using, or in possession of illegal drugs, or alcohol. With numbers like these school officials say they are calling on parents and students to get drugs and alcohol off of campus.
"You're saddened by that number and you are concerned," said Sheridan.
The school district sent this letter to parents to help protect students from prescription medication specifically. Pharmacists say right away these drugs are addictive.
"We've had cases where patients who have had legitimate reasons to take these medications who after a couple of months of use have had to go to rehab centers to get off of them," said Agnesian HealthCare Pharmacist David Krueger.
But as many as 15 percent of high school seniors use prescription pain medications that aren't prescribed to them according to the center for disease control and prevention. This can have long term effects.
"It stimulates receptors in the brain that are used for pleasure. So prolonged use can reduce the ability to feel pleasure later in life and affects mood. There are just a lot of ramifications to unlabeled use of this medication," said Krueger.
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