South Colonie HS students sent to the hospital after using over the counter drug
N.Y. – Three South Colonie High School girls were taken to the hospital Monday
for possibly using an over the counter drug to get high.
Colonie Police Lieutenant Bob Winn said two 14-year-olds and one
15-year-old were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening treatment. Winn
said this also happened to two other 15-year-olds on November 8.
The South Colonie School District sent a letter home Monday informing
parents they have become aware to the abuse of Coricidin over the past couple
Coricidin is an over-the-counter cough suppressant, but some
teenagers refer to it as "Triple C."
"It's a very effective cough suppressant when used appropriately,"
Assemblyman John McDonald said. "The unfortunate part is, because of its
chemical properties, when taken in excessive amounts, it can be very
McDonald, who also owns Marra's Pharmacy in Cohoes, said the State
Legislature recently passed a bill signed by Governor Cuomo prohibiting the
sale of Coricidin to anyone under the age of 18 without a prescription.
The law will go into effect in March 2014.
McDonald said it's a local attempt at trying to curb a national
"It's a safe product when used appropriately, but can cause
dramatic differences and changes in people, specifically in kidney and liver
NEWS10 ABC spoke with the parent of a 14-year-old Colonie High
School student who said her daughter was rushed to St. Peter's Hospital after
taking 14 Coricidin pills.
"She was slurring her speech, her eyes were dilating in the
back of her head and she couldn't go to the bathroom. For a few minutes
I left her, and when I came back she was on the floor. She tried to get
up off the floor and then she started hyperventilating."
The parent said one of her daughter's friends allegedly stole the
medication from a store but is aware that kids don't have to go far to
"It could be any kind of medication in your cabinet.
You lock it up for your two-year-old; keep it safe and secure and away from
your teenagers. It's out of control. I would never have thought a
simple cold tablet would do this much damage."
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