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3 Greensburg Salem Middle School students took oxycodone, police say

| Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Three Greensburg Salem Middle School students are accused of taking the prescription painkiller Oxycodone on Wednesday and had to be treated at Excela Westmoreland Hospital, police said.

A 13-year-old girl allegedly took the Oxycodone from her family's medicine cabinet and took one pill before bringing three pills to school and giving them to two 14-year-old girls, Greensburg Police Capt. Chad Zucco said on Thursday.

Each girl took one pill before 10 a.m., Zucco said.

Another girl overheard the trio talking about the pills and reported it to Principal Todd McMillen, Zucco said. The girls were taken to the school nurse at about 10:15 a.m., where they showed signs of using the painkiller, Zucco said.

The girls were treated and released from the Greensburg hospital's emergency room, hospital spokeswoman Robin Jennings said.

The 13-year-old was charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count of possession, Zucco said. The 14-year-olds are charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance.

Charges were filed with Westmoreland County juvenile authorities, Zucco said.

Neither Greensburg Salem Superintendent Eileen Amato nor McMillen could be reached for comment.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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