Brockville elementary students fall ill after taking pills found in old purse

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Three children were taken to hospital in Brockville Thursday afternoon after consuming pills one of them had found at home and brought to elementary school to share with friends, police say.

Brockville police and Leeds and Grenville paramedics got the call shortly after 1 p.m. 

Police said one of the children had found the medication in an old purse belonging to a parent. The parent thought the purse was empty, police said.

"The child brought the medication to school and the students experimented with the pills and soon did not feel well," Brockville police said in a news release.

Police said they didn't know exactly what kind of medication the kids took, and wouldn't reveal their ages or the name of the school.

Students now 'in good health'

Staff at the elementary school noticed the children becoming pale and called paramedics, who took the children to Brockville General Hospital.

"Fortunately for all involved everyone is in good health," police said.

The school then sent letters home with students explaining what had happened.

"The staff, school and school board are working very closely with their community partners to educate students on the dangers of taking medications not prescribed for [them]," police said.

Police are also reminding people to get rid of unused or expired medication by returning it to their local pharmacy.