By A.J. ALGIER
Sun Staff Writer
RICHMOND — Four clients of the drug rehabilitation center on Baker Pines Road were rushed to Kent Hospital Sunday night after reports the teens had ingested cold medication.
Calls were made for two Hope Valley ambulances and two mutual aid rigs from West Greenwich and Exeter after initial reports of “overdoses” at 15 Baker Pines Road at 6 p.m. The site is home to the Corkery Treatment Center for Boys.
Hope Valley Ambulance Squad Deputy Chief George Sherman, who said the visit was not the first to the center under similar circumstances, said emergency calls indicated the teens had taken an over-the-counter cold medication. There was no indication about how many each had taken, Sherman said. Early information suggested there were 100 pills.
He said Hope Valley ambulances were on the scene within 5 minutes of the call which helped in getting the boys help immediately.
Sherman said when they arrived all the boys were conscious.
Prior to arrival it was reported that one patient was suffering from lethargy and another had vomited.
Family Court judges often send teens to the Corkery House as an alternative for drug treatment after appearing before them on various juvenile charges, in particular drug offenses.
The boys were treated at the hospital and officials from the state’s poison control center were notified, Sherman said.
Meanwhile, Sherman noted that on Saturday, his crew also helped in a tricky rescue of a man who had broken the femur bone in his leg while hunting near Chelsea Farm Estates in Richmond. The unidentified man, he said, was about 300 yards in the woods and with the aid of the Carolina Fire Department, Richmond Police and Charlestown rescue personnel, the man was carried out from the area. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital where Sherman said he remains.