Eight-Year-Old Boy Caught Distributing Prescription Drugs to Classmates

In Fitzgerald, Georgia, an eight-year-old boy was caught giving out prescription pills to his classmates.

The sheriff says the Ben Hill County second grader’s actions reflect a growing problem in the area’s schools and that parents need to take action to keep any type of drugs out of their kids’ hands.

Sheriff Bobby McLemore says prescription drugs are making their rounds at most schools in the county. He estimates that one-third of all seventh and eight graders in Ben Hill County are either selling or illegally using prescription drugs.

"From 1995 to 2000 we have had a 500 percent increase in prescription drug abuse," said McLemore.

"Our middle school has a lot of drugs in it, our elementary school and primary schools are dangerous ages for children to be in possession of dangerous drugs," said McLemore.

He added that drug agents are cracking down on prescription drug abuse, and that they recently made eight arrests in connection with prescription drugs.

"If you are selling drugs in Ben Hill county, look out; we are coming for you," said McLemore. "These pills right here were given away by the youngest drug dealer we’ve encountered in Ben Hill County,” he added, referring to the eight-year-old.

"In this package we have some 600 ibuprofen, some heart pills, and an unidentified white pill," said McLemore. But thanks to the work of alert teachers, the boy was caught before any pills were ingested.

"If a child would have taken one of these heart pills, there is a great chance he would become seriously ill or even dead," said McLemore. "He saw other people do it so it was more a role play on his part no realizing the dangers these pills represented when taken by a child," said McLemore.

Just last Month a Ben Hill County middle school student almost lost his life due to taking just one prescription drug. "An OxyContin was placed inside this candy and given to a middle schooler, who ended up in ICU fighting for his life," said McLemore.

McLemore recommends treating your prescriptions drugs as you do a weapon, keeping them locked up out of view, even if you don’t suspect your child even knows you take pills. Let your children know about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs.

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