Two juveniles fatally overdose on Benadryl

WSMV's Brendan Tierney has the latest after two teens overdosed on Benadryl.
Published: Dec. 1, 2022 at 9:53 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2022 at 12:41 PM EST
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ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (WSMV) - Two juvenile females have fatally overdosed while in the care of a residential treatment facility.

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, police responded to a CPR in progress call earlier this week at Oak Plains Academy located at 1751 Oak Plains Road in Ashland City.

The two 15-year-old girls were unconscious and unresponsive when police arrived at the scene.

Police said the girls stole several packs and a bottle of Benadryl from the nurse’s station at the facility the night before. Both became ill and fell unconscious the following morning after taking an undetermined amount of the medication.

One of the girls was pronounced dead at Sango Emergency room on Nov. 29, and the other was transported to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in critical condition and later died on Nov. 30.

Oak Plains Academy released the following statement regarding the fatal overdoses:

The leadership and staff of Oak Plains Academy extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the two individuals who passed away. We immediately initiated an internal investigation and are cooperating fully with all agencies involved in investigating this matter. Support has been made available onsite for other patients who became aware of the incident. Due to state and federal patient privacy laws, as well as an ongoing investigation, we cannot provide further details.

We are committed to our mission of providing quality care to patients with special, and often complex, mental health needs.

The investigation is still active and ongoing. Authorities also responded to overdoses at the treatment center in 2018 and 2019.

Oak Plains Academy, Ashland City, TN.
Oak Plains Academy, Ashland City, TN.(WSMV)