Prescription drug overdose sends four students to hospitals

Becky Strabel | Staff writer

SIREN – The Siren Police Department was called to the high school around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, after one student expressed concerned about having an overdose. When the officer arrived, he noticed another staggering student leaning along a wall. He was told that two others had also taken the non-narcotic prescription drug.

Police Chief Chris Sybers, who was scheduled to be at a Burnett County board meeting, arrived after one individual was already taken by North Memorial ambulance to the Spooner Health Hospital. Two others were also transported by ambulance to Spooner and another was transported to Burnett Medical Hospital in Grantsburg. All ambulances left the school within an hour of the initial call. The students were released from the hospital after several hours of observation.

According to Sybers, the medication was not prescribed to those involved and a subsequent search in the village resulted in the arrest of an adult for outstanding warrants and possession of illegal substances.  The ages and genders of the students have not been released at this time. The SPD is continuing its investigation and one youth is in a juvenile detention facility. Siren Police Department, St. Croix Tribal Police Department and Burnett County Sheriff’s Department participated.