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Classmates hospitalized after student shares drug

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A dozen children at a city school were treated at a hospital after taking the prescription sedative Xanax, school and hospital officials said. About 30 students had taken the drug.

The students were taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after they became drowsy in class. About half remained there Tuesday evening for treatment, a hospital official said.

The seventh- and eighth-grade students at Clemente Middle School got the pills from a female classmate who brought them from home, said Claudia Averette, special assistant to the school district's chief safety executive.

"It was distributed to other students. There was no money exchanged," she said.