EIGHT MILE, Ala. -- Several Blount High School students have been suspended after they allegedly took pills believed to be Xanax, according to an official with the Mobile County Public School System.

Ten students were suspended for taking the pills -- nine girls and a boy, said MPCSS spokeswoman Rena Philips. Two other students were suspended and recommended for expulsion for bringing the pills to school, Philips told FOX10 News.

It is a Class D offense to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school, according to Philips.

She said all the students referred to CAPP, which is the Chemical Addiction Prevention Program run by the Drug Education Council.

The students must be accompanied by a parent as they take part in the four-week program, Philips said.

It's a four week program students attend with their parents.

Parents are taught that no use is acceptable and students taught the dangers of early experimentation.

Drug Education Council Executive Director Virginia Guy said, "We know that the students and kids who have just first started using, they're some of the highest risk in our community, because its always that first use that leads to problems down the road, so we want to intervene and stop that use."

Guy says incidents like the latest one reported by the school system serve as good reminders for families.

She said, "We know that the majority of the time a young person first gets any kind of a prescription drug, it's out of their parent's or grandparent's medicine cabinet, so these drugs are coming from the home, and so we encourage all adults to get rid of and dispose of properly all of their unused, unwanted, or expired medication so it won't get in the hands of young people."

The matter is under investigation by Prichard Police, she said.

For more information on the Drug Education Council and it's programs, here's the link to the site:  https://drugeducation.org/

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