Police say two teenagers are recovering from a pill overdose after taking medication that was not prescribed to them during a pill popping game with friends, Thursday.
The teens, ages 16 and 18 -- took a medication for bipolar and schizophrenia disorder Wednesday with friends. Investigators said it took about 24 hours for the side effects to show up, by Thursday night the two were having severe reactions to their nervous systems.
"As a result of that they had some medical complications an ambulance was called they were transported for a medical evaluation," said Capt. Stacey Meeks, Lafayette Police Dept.
Investigators say the teens had stolen the prescription drug Risperdal from a friend's mother and taken it with other teens in a pill popping.game. Prescription drug abuse is the number one cause of death for adolescents across the Nation with most of those overdoses being accidental.
"It's a dangerous game they're playing and more common that what you would think," said Capt. Stacey Meeks, "It's shocking to think someone would take a prescription drug that they don't know who it belongs to or what type of drug it is but they'll take it."
Local Pharmacist Madison Ledford tells Channel 3, Risperdal is a prescription used to treat Bi-polar and Schizophrenia disorder. Some of the severe side effects include.:
stiff muscles, dizziness, dry mouth, tremors twitching, uncontrollable muscle movements in your face and breast swelling in both men and women.
"Teens need to know the dangers, it can effect you physically for many many years. It can effect you mentally and destroy your cognitive thinking. I mean you can take some medications that can stop your heart, or cause your breathing to stop," said Pharmacist Ledford.
Capt Meeks says the teens experienced a severe nervous system reaction with stiffness of neck, dizziness, difficulty breathing and lock jaw. If not deadly Ledford says some prescribed medications can cause permanent damage
"Certain medications that can cause a drag of your mouth where you have shaky tremors and things like that, a lot of that is irreversible in other words you will have that the rest of your life," said Ledford.
Captain Meeks said experimenting with pill popping can not only cost you your life, it can cost you your freedom. Anyone found responsible for illegally giving medication to someone who then fatally overdoses, could face charges as serious as manslaughter.
The teens are expected to be okay, no charges have been filed at this time.
More than 1,000 people die in the state every year from drug overdoses, Officials said unlocked or leftover perceptions for drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone and morphine contribute to the problem.
Officials are urging citizens to dispose of unneeded or leftover prescription drugs at drop-off locations around the state to help combat prescription drug overdose.
You should remove personal information from original containers before taking them to Police and Sheriff's Departments participating in the drop-off program.