Overdoses, rumors prompt police response | SteamboatToday.com

Overdoses, rumors prompt police response

— Two drug overdoses in a 24-hour period followed by rumors at Steamboat Springs High School prompted police to send a letter to school administrators that was going to be distributed to parents.

Emergency responders responded to an overdose Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Both people were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center. Police Commander Annette Dopplick said one person was flown to a Front Range hospital and was still hospitalized.

In both cases, the people took what they thought were prescription medications.

Police were unable to determine if they were authentic medications.

“I have nothing that was collected to send off for tests,” Dopplick said.

She said that after the overdoses, there were rumors at the school that were inaccurate and distracting. She did not elaborate on the rumors.

In the letter to school officials, Dopplick wrote that prescription drug misuse and abuse by teens has become a national health problem.

“What is clear is teenagers generally lack a sense that OTC (over-the-counter) and prescription medications can be dangerous or addictive,” Dopplick said.

Teens may be susceptible to ingesting unknown substances when faced with easy accessibility in social settings.

“It is important teens receive a direct and clear message,” Dopplick said. “Even when it looks like it came from a pharmacy, pills can be as harmful as illicit street drugs. There is no safe form of drug abuse.”

Dopplick encouraged anyone with information about drug activity in the schools or community to contact police.

School Resource Officer Blake Ingerick can be reached at 970-879-1144. People can report anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 970-870-6226.

Tips can also be sent by text message by texting NABM followed by the tip to 274637. A confirmation message will then be sent.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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