SPRING CITY, Tenn. -- An elementary school-age girl is sleeping off the effects of amphetamine and barbiturate drugs she ingested earlier this week, according to Rocky Potter, an investigator with the Rhea County Sheriff's Office.
Amphetamine is a central nervous stimulant found in drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. Barbiturate is a central nervous system depressant used in sedation and pain-killer drugs.
Potter said Wednesday afternoon it is impossible to know yet where the girl got the drugs. He said, though, it does not appear the girl took anything from a classmate at Spring City Elementary School or on the school bus.
She was last in school on Monday. Potter said the girl became sick Monday night and was taken to T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital in Chattanooga that night by her mother. She was released but became sick again that night, and her mother took her to a Roane County, Tenn., hospital.
The girl was sent back to the children's hospital at that point and has been there since, as of Wednesday evening.
Potter said investigators were headed to the girl's home Wednesday evening to see if she may have gotten hold of a family member's prescription drugs.
Right now the girl is "just sleeping it off" and is expected to be fine, he said. On Friday, tests will show exactly what drugs, and how much of the drugs, were in the girl's system, he said.
"It's just an ongoing investigation," Potter said.
Alex joined the Times Free Press staff full-time in January 2014 as a region business reporter. He is a native of Dayton, Tenn., located 35 miles north of Chattanooga, and he is a fifth-generation Dayton native. Alex came to the Times Free Press as an editorial intern in July 2013. He was previously a correspondent at The Herald-News, located in Dayton, through college and editor-in-chief of the Triangle, Bryan College's student-led media group. Alex was ...