Four female students of a West Coast Demerara secondary school, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) were on Friday hospitalised after they consumed excessive doses of an illegal drug.
Reports are that the students allegedly mixed the drug in a beverage but subsequently fell ill. They were rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where they were all admitted.
Police in the region confirmed that the students were hospitalised but are not revealing who gave them the drug.
In January, three highly intoxicated teenage girls of Anna Regina Multilateral School, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) were hospitalised at the Suddie Public Hospital after they were seen consuming alcohol at the Anna Regina bus park.
They were reportedly picked up by officials of the Welfare Department and taken to the hospital where two were in an unconscious state. The then Divisional Commander, Demise Griffith, had told this publication that the three young girls were consuming the liquor and tablets in the minibus.
Meanwhile, only last week, school-aged children in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) were caught in the sale of illicit drugs. This has prompted swift action by Police officers in the division which has led to the arrest of the adults suspected of giving the minors the narcotics to sell.