South Forsyth student smokes heroin before school

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CUMMING, Ga. — A school nurse at South Forsyth High School was worried about a student who came to her office March 20 who was lethargic and said he wanted to go to sleep. The nurse called in the assistant principal to relay her suspicions the student may have had a drug overdose.

It turns out she was right.

The assistant principal concurred the student was slurring his speech and gave signs of being under the influence of a substance. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene around 1 p.m.

The deputies found the student was slurring his speech and wasn’t able to stay awake and to answer questions.

Staff became worried when the student’s heart rate dropped to 80 beats per minute and called an ambulance.

The student said he had taken three Xanax pills and later admitted he had also smoked heroin that morning before school.

Deputies searched his backpack and found nothing out of the ordinary. However, when they searched his car, they found glass pipes, alcohol and other drug-related paraphernalia.

The 18-year-old student was charged with possession of heroin, a felony, possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related paraphernalia, possession of alcohol on public school grounds and underage consumption of alcohol, all misdemeanors.

He was later taken to Forsyth County Detention Center.

FH 04-30-14