BEIJING, March 19 (UPI) -- Prescription drugs were allegedly administered to kindergarten students at schools in three Chinese provinces in an attempt to reportedly boost attendance by preventing illness.
In China, school revenue is based on attendance.
Approximately 2,000 kindergarten students from schools suspected of illegally administering prescription drugs are receiving medical treatment. Some kindergartners experienced side effects from the drugs, including dizziness, stomachache, leg pain, and genital swelling.
At one school, the Fengyun Lanwan Kindergarten, local authorities discovered children had been given moroxydine ABOB, a prescription anti-flu drug, since 2008.
China's education and health ministries responded to the allegations with an order that education and health officials investigate all kindergartens and primary schools for evidence of illegal drug administration.