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Albany Middle School Students Released from Hospital After Ingesting Pills

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Five middle school students from Albany are back home with their families after ingesting prescription pills Wednesday that sent them to the hospital, school district officials said. Firefighters responded to Albany Middle School at 1259 Brighton Ave. at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday and took the students to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, Albany Fire Capt. Dustyn Wiggins said.

Albany Unified School District Superintendent Valerie Williams wrote in a statement on the district’s website that the incident remains under investigation. District officials have not specified what pills were taken. Williams wrote, “This is an opportunity for our entire school community to learn from this situation.

We must speak openly, honestly and firmly with the students about the consequences of risky behaviors. I urge all parents to speak with their children about the dangers of taking someone else’s prescription medication.”

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