5 NC students sickened after taking large amounts of cough medicine at school

WEAVERVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say two students ended up in the hospital and three others became ill after taking large amounts of cough medicine at a North Carolina high school.

A Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office report says other students told teachers about the ill students at North Buncombe High School.

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The report was obtained by the Asheville Citizen-Times.

The mother of a 15-year-old told the newspaper that her son took 16 times the recommended dose of Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold pills, collapsed and suffered hallucinations during two days in the hospital.

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The students were disciplined, but school officials say privacy rules prevent them from saying how they were punished.

The report didn’t give details about the second student hospitalized.

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