The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports April 21 of students in Loudoun middle and high schools drinking a solution of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax dissolved in water.
The first involved seven River Bend Middle School students sharing drinks in a classroom on Friday morning, according to a release from the LCSO. The drinks reportedly contained Alprazolam, commonly referred to as Xanax, LCSO officials said. School Resource Officers (SRO) are investigating if all students had knowledge of the Xanax or where it came from.
The students were seen by a school nurse and none needed to be immediately transported to a hospital. All of the students were sent home with a parent, the release said.
A Potomac Falls SRO also learned of a student in a classroom who was acting strangely the morning of April 21. They found the student was in possession and ingested a possible Alprazolam mixture. Later, a second student was found with an Alprazolam mixture. The cases are pending lab results.
River Bend and Potomac Falls are located next to each other on Algonkian Parkway and LCSO officials believe the drugs could have originated in one of the schools and been taken to the other. LCSO is investigating a possible connection between the middle and high school cases.