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Officers question students suspected of drug abuse

Tuesday December 3, 2013 11:38 AM

Two New Albany High School students were questioned Nov. 20 in connection to a drug-abuse case, according to New Albany police.

Police were called to New Albany High School, 7600 Fodor Road, at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 20 after Kristy Venne, acting high school dean of students, questioned two students who had reportedly exchanged a prescription medication.

The dean of students received a tip from another student, who said one student gave another student some pills, the police report said.

The students had dextroamphetamine, amphetamine and quetiapine tablets. Police confiscated the drugs, the report said.

Dextroamphetamines and amphetamines are used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and the combination of both can be habit-forming, according to the United States National Library of Medicine.

Quetiapine tablets are used to treat schizophrenia "or depression in patients with bipolar disorder."

"Obviously, these types of issues are taken very seriously," district spokesman Patrick Gallaway said.

Gallaway said the district followed protocol by contacting the school resource officer and bringing in the police.

The students were referred to the city's probation officer and offered admittance to the city's diversion program, the report said.

The criminal diversion program is available for juveniles who can be charged with assault, unruliness, underage drinking and some drug-related crimes. The program can be applied only to a first offense and the youth must complete the entire program before a charge is voided, according to the city.

Gallaway said the school has not taken any disciplinary action at this time.

Police Chief Greg Jones said the department has not received a lot of reports of drug abuse at the school.

Prescription drugs are a problem in general, Jones said, because medication often sits in a medicine cabinet and can be taken by a family member for whom it was not prescribed.

The department works with the Drug Enforcement Agency to collect unused prescription medication each fall.

In other recent incident reports from the New Albany Police Department:

* Police are investigating the theft of a gym bag and a purse taken between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Nov. 25 from two vehicles parked at the New Albany 2-5 elementary building, 87 N. High St.

The passenger windows on both vehicles were broken and the items were removed, the police report said.

* Police questioned three juveniles at 3 a.m. Nov. 29 on charges of criminal mischief and curfew violation.

Three 17-year-old boys were taken into custody after shooting grapes from a slingshot at homes in the Hampsted Square subdivision between 2:53 and 2:54 a.m. Nov. 29.

The parents were contacted and the three were referred to the city's juvenile diversion program.

* Police arrested a 19-year-old man for OVI, improper turning, underage possession or consumption, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at 2:01 a.m. Nov. 28 on Bevelhymer Road north of Walton Parkway.