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Naperville North students hospitalized after eating drug-laced gummy bears




NAPERVILLE – Parents of Naperville North High School students should talk to their kids about making "healthy choices" when 14 were taken to Edward Hospital Tuesday after consuming gummy bears that may have been laced with a harmful substance.

Naperville School District 203 wrote on its Facebook page:

Today at Naperville North High School, 14 students were transported to Edward Hospital for medical treatment. We can confirm 12 are being treated as a result of consuming gummy bears that may contain another substance.

This candy made those students both uncomfortable and sick, so they were taken to the nurse’s office for care. For safety precautions, the students were transported to Edward Hospital to receive medical attention. Each student had varying degrees of discomfort and subsequent treatment.

Currently, 2 students are in stable condition and are undergoing evaluation, while 11 have been treated and released. They have been experiencing symptoms that include fast heart rate, dizziness and dry mouth.

We encourage all parents to have conversations with their children about making healthy choices. Our community is fortunate to have a number of resources available through school and other community partners to support the wellbeing of students.

We continue to review the specifics of the situation and will address it appropriately. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school's principal.

A 17-year-old student was identified as the possible source of the bad candy. WGN TV reports he was questioned and released to his parents. Police and school officials say they’ll decide on an appropriate punishment for him.

WGN TV says investigators are suggesting the students knew before consuming that the candy was laced.


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  1. That sure was quick after the governor signed legalization, sorry “decriminalization” into law. Destigmatization is the actual effect, of course. The hundred dollar fine sure is going to discourage this kind of behavior in 100Kperville. Got a beer, get a misdemeanor; got 10 grams, get a jaywalking ticket. Or is it ounces? The law sure is consistent now.