Greenwich High School prescription drug arrest prompts new warnings

Police have released reports on the arrest of a Greenwich High School student for possession of controlled anxiety medication, prompting new warnings over the dangers of prescription drugs.

On Friday, December 6, a female 15-year-old was called to the GHS nurse’s office after staff suspected she had been under the influence of an unknown substance. She was eventually transported to Greenwich Hospital.

While the student was being treated,  a teacher discovered an unclaimed backpack containing the student’s identification and a bottle 0f small yellow pills determined to be the anxiety and epilepsy drug Clonazepam, often marketed as Klonopin.

The student affirmed that the book bag was indeed hers and that she had received the controlled prescriptions from a friend in Port Chester. The student was issued a juvenile summons on charges of illegal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. She is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court for Juvenile Matters on January 14.

“Prescription drugs are very prevalent across the  country, and Greenwich is no exception,” said Lt. Kraig Gray.

Gray said that just because drug was prescribed by medical professionals did not make it safe for recreational use. Leftover drugs stashed at home in medicine cabinets and elsewhere make abuse by young people a particular risk he said.

“A quick and easy way for juveniles to obtain an intoxicant is to find medicine in their own home,” he said.

Police encourage residents to dispose of leftover prescription pills in the lobby of the Public Safety Complex in downtown Greenwich.

Justin Pottle