Wiscasset police warn parents after teens overdose on mail-ordered drugs
WISCASSET (WGME) -- Police are warning the community after they say two teenagers may have overdosed on drugs they ordered through the mail.
Chief Larry Hesseltine said the call came in on Saturday morning reporting two male teens had overdosed. He said they consumed several different substances, some of them illegal.
"They're gambling every time they take it," he said.
Hesseltine said the teens were taken to Midcoast Hospital by ambulance. He said the drugs they took had been ordered through the mail.
"You don't know, actually, what you're consuming, what you're putting into your body, and I think that's where the problem lies," Hesseltine said.
In this case, he said, it made the teens sick and should be a warning to others.
"We just want parents to be aware their kids may be receiving stuff through the mail and if they do get a suspicious package, feel free to contact their local law enforcement," he said.
Lisa Thompson is director of parks and recreation, which partners with Healthy Lincoln County. They work directly with kids on issues like substance abuse prevention.
"Now that we do know, how are we going to deal with it and what steps are we gonna take in the future to prevent this?" Thompson said.
She believes education is key and said parents, teachers, and friends have to be aware of what young people are doing.
"One of the things we do try to focus on is the more time you spend with students and youth in our community, the less likely they are to paticipate in risky behavior," said Thompson.