- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

STERLING, Va. (AP) - Authorities are investigating after students at a Loudoun County school shared drinks possibly laced with a drug used to treat anxiety last week.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kraig Troxell says they’re investigating a report that multiple students at River Bend Middle School shared drinks containing Alprazolam on Friday. Alprazolam is a generic drug also known as Xanax.

Troxell says they’re investigating if students knew the contents of the drinks and how the drug was obtained.

Loudoun County Public Schools spokesman Wayde Byard says a nurse at the school checked the students. The intoxicated children were sent home with parents.

Authorities are attempting to determine if this incident is connected to two students at Potomac Falls High School who were found with a possible mixture of Alprazolam last Friday.

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This story corrects the spelling of Wayde Byard’s first name.

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