Students found with OxyContin expelled

April 09, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Three Greencastle-Antrim High School students were expelled this week after they were found in possession of OxyContin, a prescription pain killer, Administrator Edward Rife said Friday.

Two of the students, a boy and a girl, are in the 11th grade. The third, a boy, is in the ninth grade.

Another student notified administrators of the three students' activities, Rife said.

Two of the three who were expelled were assigned to an alternative school program out of the area, Rife said.

Rife said OxyContin comes in time-controlled capsule form. Those who use it illegally take the capsules apart and snort the drug. It has the same effect as heroin, he said.


It's the second incident involving narcotics at the school this year.

Principal Jack Appleby said in February that evidence was found - broken sticks and torn wrappers - that led administrators to believe that some students might have been using a painkiller called Actiq.

The drug is sold in a lollipoplike form in that the medication is put on one end of a stick that patients put into their mouths.

A strong painkiller, it usually is prescribed for terminally ill cancer patients.

Appleby said at the time that it took a while before school officials realized what the students might have been doing. To a casual observer, it looks like a toothpick sticking out of a mouth, he said.

It is believed that a student may have stolen the Actiq from a sick relative.

No disciplinary action was taken in that case.

The OxyContin case came to the forefront this week when the Greencastle-Antrim School Board voted to expel the three students.

Evidence in both cases has been turned over to the Greencastle Police Department for investigation, school officials said.

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