Teens Overdose on Valium

Teens Overdose on Valium
By: CJ Cassidy

Steele, Missouri - I

t's a scenario police say could happen to any parent
; p
rescription pills ending up in children's hands.

Officers tell us they found three teens passed out at a house in Steele around four o'clock Monday morning all having overdosed on Valium.

Police say the teens are recovering in a hospital, with one in critical condition.

F

amily members say they're praying the fourteen year old pulls through.

P
olice agree
, and say
they're now stepping up their investigation
,
because this isn't the first time they've been to the youngest teen's house.

C
arolyn
Br
own can't stop worrying about her grandson.

B
rown admits this isn't the first time her grandson experimented with a prescription drug.

"He

overdosed before
on some other pills, another friend came out and they found them in his mother's purse. This time, we didn't even know they were
here
, and when we found him he was breathing but not alert, so we called the ambulance, " Brown says.

J
uvenile officers say the teens are lucky to be alive
, pointing out that prescription drugs taken without a prescription can be deadly.

Officer B
rian
A
bbott
also says
prescription drug overdoses among teenagers are rare in
S
outheast
M
issouri
,
but parents should still pay close attention.

"We've been taught to lock up our prescription drugs away from small children, but I would say the drug problem and experimentation I'm seeing parents should keep the drugs away from teens as well," Abbott says.

B
ack in
S
teele
, C
arolyn
B
rown has a lot to pray for, as she waits to hear back from family members about her grandson's condition.

"I

hope other parents learn from this
, and lock up their medicines,
I
hope and pray
, " Brown says.

T

he
M
issouri
C
hildren's
D
ivision is looking into how the teen got his hands on prescription drugs twice.

B
ut the boy's grandmother says the child's parents should be given another chance
,
they've just made some mistakes.