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Two Arrests in Students' Ritalin Hospitalizations

September 13, 2002|From Times Staff Reports

Two teenagers were arrested Thursday following the hospitalization a day earlier of 13 Antelope Valley High School students who took illicitly obtained Ritalin, authorities said.

Sheriff's deputies said the girls, 14 and 16, face possible criminal charges for allegedly possessing and distributing a controlled substance.

The 14-year-old remains in juvenile hall and the 16-year-old was released to her parents.

Deputies confiscated at least 150 tablets of Ritalin, a prescription drug used to treat hyperactive children, after students began falling ill Wednesday.

All 13 students had been released from the hospital by Wednesday evening, officials said.

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