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Saturday, December 3, 2022

‘Confused’ Ocala elementary student admits to taking someone else’s medication

A guidance counselor at Marion Oaks Elementary School in Ocala called the school resource officer for help Thursday after a student told her she had taken medication that didn’t belong to her.

The counselor told the resource officer, who is a Marion County sheriff’s deputy, that the student apparently had taken the medication Wednesday and then “did not appear to be acting right and appeared confused,” a sheriff’s office report states.

The counselor said she found out about the incident Thursday and made the deputy aware. She said she hadn’t called the Department of Children and Families to report the incident, the report says.

The deputy then spoke with the girl, who said that she “accidentally” took the medication. The deputy also contacted the girl’s mother, who said she wasn’t currently taking any medication and when prescriptions are in her home, they are stored “well out of reach” of children, the report says, adding that the deputy also spoke with a DCF operator who said the agency would be filing a report on the incident.