Police investigate as 3 Dothan high students are sent to hospital

Published: Feb. 13, 2020 at 5:57 PM CST
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A medical emergency at Dothan High School is now under investigation.

Police are working to determine what made several students sick.

Dothan police are investigating 5 students after 3 were sent to a local hospital Wednesday with complaints of nausea and chest pain after ingesting what policing are calling “laced brownies.”

“We got called out to Dothan High School yesterday afternoon in reference to some students who brought some brownies to school that contained what we believe to be an illegal narcotic” explained Investigator Chris Thompson.

Thompson and the Dothan Police Department found more brownies on another student who may have helped distribute them.

“We have to send the brownies off to Alabama department of forensic science to have that tested to determine what is in the brownies.”

Depending on what the lab results show, those involved could face criminal charges.

He says “being juveniles they would have to go through the juvenile court services, through that whole process.”

Executive Director, Judy Guiler of the 334 Prevent Project says experimenting with drugs leads down a dark road.

“I have to tell you that I don’t know anyone that is a heroin addict who said, you know ‘I just started with heroin’” she exclaimed.

Once you start with one drug your body and mind are never satisfied.

She says “addiction is you’re always trying to catch that high that you had before but you never quite get there.”

Whether they are brownies or physical drugs, one thing to remember is the risk is always much greater than the reward.

Thompson warns “don’t bring illegal narcotics to school. Don’t be using illegal narcotics. It’s not worth the risk. It’s not worth the risk to yourself. It’s not worth the risk to your friends. It’s not worth the risk getting in trouble and to your health.”

Nobody from Dothan City Schools was willing to go on camera to talk to WTVY about what happened.

They did release a statement saying "the safety and security of our students is always our utmost concern."

WTVY reporter Carmen Fuentes spoke with 3 seniors from Dothan High Thursday who say that this instance isn't shocking and that many students throughout the school are using marijuana and various pills.

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