20 pupils sent home from school with ‘toxic overdose’ after using nicotine spray

The Stoke Sentinel is reporting that twenty pupils were sent home from a Staffordshire school when they fell violently ill – after they used a nicotine spray prescribed to a 12-year-old to help her quit smoking…

The children, who all attend Wolstanton High School, suffered vomiting, dizziness and headaches. One needed hospital treatment.

The Nicorette mouth spray had been brought in by a student, who was deemed suitable for the treatment after NHS workers previously visited the school to offer advice.

It is believed the dispenser was passed around a group of Year Seven and Eight pupils at lunchtime on Wednesday before parents of those affected were asked to pick them up.

One mother – whose 12-year-old son was among those who felt unwell – said: “When he was collected he was extremely pale, holding on to the rail outside and some of the others had been sick. He’s suffered a toxic overdose. Apparently 20 children were affected.”

Alan Aston, principal of Wolstanton High School, has described the incident as a ‘one-off’ and said teachers acted swiftly to inform parents about what had happened after the children started to feel unwell on Wednesday lunchtime…

Mr Aston also defended the school’s decision to signpost children to the NHS’s Time to Quit, where the pupil was prescribed the Nicorette spray…

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Comments

  1. DikDeklan

    schristieauthor Don’t recall any reports of kids taken to hospital cos of ecig use, anywhere. Trust this gets attention it deserves

  2. DikDeklan

    schristieauthor Don’t recall any reports of kids taken to hospital cos of ecig use, anywhere. Trust this gets attention it deserves

  3. greyvapor

    CaeruleanSea localpeasant “a nicotine spray prescribed to a 12-year-old to help her quit smoking”- that’s what angers me

  4. D_S_Allen

    CaeruleanSea localpeasant What do you think should she have been given to help her quit? Patches? ecigs?? Gum???

  5. JRNDHN

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  6. ScaphismViaFDA

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  7. markMagenis

    JRNDHN brainyfurball SchoolsImprove CaeruleanSea It’s ok, 12 is now considered #BigBoy ready for #BigHealth to dose #BigNic #BigVaping

  8. Haegi74

    JRNDHN CaeruleanSea brainyfurball SchoolsImprove “All NRT products are licensed for people aged 12 yrs & over and are avail on gen sale”

  9. CaeruleanSea

    Haegi74 JRNDHN brainyfurball SchoolsImprove With no evidence they actually help teens at all. Quickmist is too much for most adults!

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