A 14-year-old boy was arrested Friday at Clover Middle School after police say he sold prescription drugs on school grounds.
The boy admitted to selling pills to students for cash, according to a report from the York County Sheriff's Office. The teen said he stopped after his actions caught the attention of school officials, reports stated.
The teen sold an over-the-counter pill he falsely identified as "hydros," a nickname for the painkiller Hydrocodone, investigators said.
A second student, a 15-year-old boy at Clover Middle School, was arrested for purchasing a pill from a classmate, according to reports.
Both cases have been petitioned to Family Court, records show. The Herald generally does not publish the names of minors suspected in crimes.
Police report an increase in prescription drug abuse among teens. In many cases, teens are taking drugs from home medicine cabinets and using them with friends.
Drug agents have stepped up enforcement efforts with help from local nonprofit Keystone Substance Abuse Services.
Documented cases of drug overdoses have more than doubled since 2006, according to the county's drug task force. Fourteen people died from drug overdoses in the county during a six-month time period last year.