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Police believe student distributed benzodiazepines
Greece, N.Y. - 16-year-old Andrew Goebel was arrested on Friday at Greece Arcadia High School for the sale of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.
He was arrested after four students at Greece Arcadia High School were showing symptoms of being under the influence of some type of substance police determined to be a benzodiazepine. Two of those students were taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Its a valuable drug when its used for what its supposed to be used for, said George Faris, a pharmacist just around the corner from Greece Arcadia. Its used for anxiety, nerves and seizures.
Faris added that although benzodiazepines require a prescription, more and more young people are starting to take them, and similar prescription drugs, without one.
I think its a bigger problem now, he said. Students are getting into medicine cabinets, and there are also more on the streets.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, almost 15% of high school students reportedly took prescription drugs without having a prescription in 2012.
Faris believes prescription drugs are an overlooked part in many school drug prevention programs.
A spokesperson with Greece Arcadia said the schools current drug prevention program emphasizes all types of drugs, but didnt rule out possibly strengthening ties with substance abuse prevention coordinators in the future.