Students Sickened From Prescription Drugs

February 18, 2011 Updated Feb 18, 2011 at 12:31 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

February 18, 2011 Updated Feb 18, 2011 at 12:31 AM EDT

Great Valley, New York

Three middle school students became ill Thursday morning after allegedly taking prescription muscle relaxers they received from a fellow classmate. A teacher noticed one of the students was lethargic and acting strange and rushed him to the nurse's office. The childrens' parents were called and the parents took the kids to the hospital.

After an investigation, officials determined three separate students had taken the same type of pills yesterday. None of them received medical attention. Authorities were able to track the pills back to one student but they are not releasing his identity.

This incident is just the latest in an alarming trend sweeping the nation. Prescription drugs are the second most abused illegal drug behind marijuana in teens 12 to 17 years old.

The student responsible for pushing the pills to the six students, is facing charges from the Cattaraugus Sheriff's Department and separate disciplinary action from the school tonight. The sick students are expected to be okay.