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Drug found in Kelowna classroom was illicit form of prescription drug

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September 16, 2019 - 5:48 PM

KELOWNA - One mystery is solved: The substance ingested by an eight-year-old Grade 3 student last week was an illicit prescription drug, School District 23 said in a release today. 

The student at A.S. Matheson was rushed to hospital by ambulance last week after he lost the ability to speak or move. When he regained his senses, he revealed that he found something in the classroom and ate it. 

The school district says tests showed it was an illicit form of benodiazepine, a class of drug commonly prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms and other ailments. 

The other mystery? How it got into an elementary school. 

"The initial investigation did not reveal the origin of the substance and the RCMP continues to investigate," says the release issued by Supt. Kevin Kaardal. "Police encourage anyone int the community with information to come forward and contact the local detachment at 250-762-3300."

The child has since fully recovered and was back in school today. Teachers had lengthy discussions with students about what happened, the release said. 

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