3 students taken to hospitals after taking Xanax at a West Side charter school, Chicago fire officials say

CHICAGO -- Three students were taken to hospitals Thursday after taking prescription medication at an alternative charter school in Lawndale.

Paramedics responded for an "overdose call" about 11:30 a.m. to Community Christian Alternative Academy, 1231 S. Pulaski Rd., according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt.

An 18-year-old woman and two 17-year-old boys were taken to Mt. Sinai and Loretto hospitals, Merritt said.

They possibly ingested Xanax, he said.

Another student refused medical treatment and a fifth "ran away," Merritt said.

Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication that can cause fainting when taken in excess.

Chicago police said the students were in good condition after apparently overdosing on the medication.

CCA Academy is a Youth Connection Charter School Campus, and "provides non-traditional students, ages 17-21, who have completed eighth grade with a second chance to earn a high school diploma through a rigorous educational program," according to its website.

Reached by phone, a representative of the school declined to comment.

On Wednesday, three students from Curie Metropolitan High School were taken to hospitals after eating granola bars laced with possibly marijuana.
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Several ninth graders at a Southwest Side high school were hospitalized over possible overdoses Wednesday, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

In December 2019, five teenage students were treated for taking Xanax at Arthur A. Libby Elementary School, 5300 S. Loomis Blvd.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2020.)