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A high school student takes Xanax pills to school, another student overdoses

A high school student takes Xanax pills to school, another student overdoses

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A high school student is caught with 29 pills of Xanax at Eisenhower High School after another student overdosed.

Xanax is a medication used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.

Clinical Pharmacist with the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Sridhar Balasubramanyan says Xanax is commonly abused because of its effects of relaxation.

“In usual practice we don’t see more than three or four tablets a day, which would mean no more than 10 mg," said Balasubramanyan.

Police say, 18-year-old Eisenhower student Eduardo J. Arias sold four 2 mg pills to a friend in his cooking class.

The student who purchased the medication from Arias gave two pills to his friend who then overdosed.

Balasubramanyan says that someone who has never taken Xanax can be sensitive to a small dose.

“It can give you sedation, it can impair your thinking like your motor senses you know the way that you behave normally," said Balasubramanyan.

He says the main side effect can be drowsiness, and if the medication is not taken properly people can end up getting seizures and overdosing.

“So if someone is getting outside the prescribed dose, they’re getting it from their friends or anybody and they are on it for a long term, they cannot quit, if they quit then they get very serious side effects which can end up in seizures," said Balasubramanyan.

According to court documents, the student who overdosed from the medication was first taken to the nurse’s office and later transported to the emergency room for treatment for an overdose of narcotics.

As for Arias, he was taken to the Yakima County Jail where he was later released, but is required to make an appearance again in court in two weeks.

Balasubramanyan says people should not be taking any type of medication unless its prescribed by a doctor and parents should make sure they are storing their prescriptions in a safe place.

“I recommend parents or anyone who gets the medication to keep it in a locked cabinet, especially controlled substances which includes Xanax because they have a high chance of abuse," said Balasubramanyan.

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