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Two Oroville students fall ill after taking pills obtained at school

Two students who took pills given to them by another student at an Oroville high school were treated at a local hospital after becoming ill, according to Butte County sheriff’s officials.

The Sheriff’s Office received a report about 8 a.m. Thursday from Las Plumas High School stating that two students had been taken to a hospital. The Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force, along with sheriff’s detectives, went to the school and began an investigation. They determined that a 14-year-old Las Plumas High School student obtained a small number of unknown pills from an unidentified person at the Oroville Skate Park and supplied the pills to other students at the school Wednesday, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Two students who took the pills were taken to the hospital by their parents and both are expected to make a full recovery, sheriff’s officials said.

Investigators have not determined what type of pill was distributed. Hospital tests did not identify any types of narcotic substance in the students’ systems, and detectives have not been able to find any of the pills. Students’ descriptions of the pills varied, but the they are believed to be light green in color and may be an unknown prescription anti-depressant, according to the news release.

Sheriff’s officials said effects of the pills varied and included dizziness, upset stomach, lethargy and hallucinations.

No arrests have been made. Sheriff’s officials said the 14-year-old who distributed the pills was not on juvenile probation, and the Sheriff’s Office is working with Juvenile Probation to provide services to the youth. The student’s actions, they said, will be addressed through the school district.

The Sheriff’s Office reminds people to responsibly store and dispose of medication.

The investigation will continue, and anyone with information is asked to call the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit at 530-538-7671.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy