Two female Edison High School students were arrested Monday afternoon for allegedly possessing and trafficking the prescription drug Xanax.
One girl, 15, was charged with theft and drug trafficking while the other, 17, was charged with possession of drugs.
The 15-year-old girl admitted to providing the drug for the 17-year-old girl on Monday and also on three different occasions within the past month, providing her four tablets of 0.25 milligram Xanax on each occasion, according to an Erie County Sheriff's report.
She told officers she stole the pills she gave to the 17-year-old from her mother's purse. Her mother confirmed she did not give her daughter permission to take the pills.
In speaking with her friend several weeks ago, the 15-year-old learned the 17-year-old had taken Xanax before. The report said she gave the pills to her friend as a gift, saying she did not charge her for it.
The 17-year-old said she stole the Xanax she'd taken in the past from family members that had prescriptions. According to the report, she said the drug "helps her to stop thinking about things." She was released at the scene to her foster mother after being charged.
The 15-year-old was taken to Erie County's juvenile home.
Xanax is a controlled substance that contains Alprazolam, a schedule IV depressant. It is used to treat anxiety.