Former Cudahy student charged in drug incident

Published on: 3/30/2010

A former Cudahy High School student has been charged with felony delivery of a controlled substance for allegedly giving Xanaxto another student who suffered an overdose reaction at the school.

Xanax is a brand name for alprazolam, which is prescribed for anxiety disorders and panic attacks.

A 17-year-old Cudahy boy who consumed the pills told police that the defendant, David Opalinski, 17, of St. Francis, put the pills in his water bottle Dec. 3.

The Cudahy boy became sick after drinking from the bottle and was treated at a hospital, according to a Milwaukee County Circuit Court criminal complaint.

Opalinski told police he gave the boy the pills, but denied putting them in his water bottle, the complaint says.

According to a Cudahy police report, the Cudahy boy said Opalinski told him he gave him the pills to cover a $5 debt for a previous drug transaction.

Opalinski transferred to another school after the school district started expulsion proceedings, Cudahy Superintendent Jim Heiden said.

The charge against Opalinski carries a maximum prison term of six years.

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