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Classmate gives Byron students prescription pills, two hospitalized

Two Byron High School students were taken to the hospital after a classmate gave them antidepressant pills at school on Wednesday, according to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.

The girls, who were both 15 years old, had symptoms including hallucinations and paranoia after taking Bupropion pills given to them by a 14-year-old girl, according to Sgt. Scott Behrns.

One girl was treated and released at Saint Marys Hospital emergency room, and the other was listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit late Thursday afternoon, Behrns said.

The 14-year-old gave several Bupropion pills, which had been prescribed to her, to a 16-year-old male classmate in addition to the two girls who were hospitalized, Behrns said. The boy did not require hospitalization as a result of taking the pills, Behrns said.

The incident was reported to the sheriff's office Thursday morning, Behrns said. The students took the pills during the school day.


Bupropion is used to treat depression, seasonal affective disorder, and also as part of a support program to help people stop smoking, according to MayoClinic.com.

The 14-year-old and her parents have been cooperating with law enforcement, Behrns said. He added that criminal charges are possible in the incident.

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