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A Florida elementary school nurse was arrested after authorities say she stole a student’s prescription meds from the school’s nurse’s station.
Marilee Boozer, 24, was arrested on a charge of theft and possession of a controlled substance, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said. Boozer was booked into the Columbia County jail on $5,000 bond, and it was unknown whether she has an attorney.
The sheriff’s office began an investigation on Friday after the medication was taken from the Pinemount Elementary School in Lake City.
Superintendent Terry Huddleston said, “We actually are in the midst of that investigation, talked to our supervising nurse who has been pouring over student records and so forth, shes spent two or three days and we’re trying to and get to the bottom of that and move forward also.”
Teresa Elwell claims her grandson has been receiving a different medication other than his prescribed Ritalin for the last three months. Elwell said Boozer called her saying she accidentally spilled the Ritalin down the sink, so the bottle was empty.
Elwell also claims her grandson was receiving yellow pills from Boozer, and his Ritalin pills are blue. She is concerned her grandson may suffer side effects from whatever was in the yellow pills.
Prescription drug abuse is very common, and has to be taken seriously. It can affect peoples’ judgement, and make them behave irrationally. Our Florida based treatment program is designed to help those addicted to prescription drugs. If you think you have a problem with substance abuse, our holistic treatment center can help you.
Guy Lanchester, 46, is in jail for cocaine possession and tampering with evidence. He stated, “I don’t understand… I thought cocaine wasn’t illegal in Florida.”
A security officer working at the Pier House resort reported to the Key West police that Lanchester along with two other men were acting suspiciously around 2 a.m.
When the police came, they found Lanchester behind a flower pot trying to ditch a small plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance.
He’s being held without bond, and is being charged with felony tampering with evidence.
Cocaine is definitely illegal and has many negative side-effects. Some of the short- term effects include anxiety, paranoia, addiction (even after one use) disturbed sleep patterns, panic, psychosis, convulsions, seizures, and even sudden death from high doses.
The long-term effects include permanent damage to blood vessels of the heart and brain, delirium, psychosis, severe tooth decay, severe depression, addiction, liver, kidney, and lung damage, risk of heart attack, stroke, and death.
Here at our Florida drug rehab center, we have specialized programs that treat chemical dependency, as well as substance abuse. Our holistic drug rehab program can help guide you on the road to recovery. It’s never too late to change your life and lead a happy, healthy, addiction-free existence.
We recently published a post about Martin Walsh, the MA State Representative who has 18 years of sobriety. Last week his peer, Jack Kelly – a Boston City Council candidate – posted a great opinion piece in the Boston Globe about addiction policies.
He said, “Not too long ago, alcoholics were viewed as morally weak and unreliable, and the thought of electing anyone who had used or abused hard drugs was completely unthinkable” and praised how well the public has welcomed him and Marty Walsh in their public office and current race for Boston City Council.
Kelly says the praise they have gotten is a testament that addicts are not given up on and that this is especially important since there is not a family in America that hasn’t been touched by addiction in some way. And in response to the high rate of addiction, relapse and drug related crimes, he proposes steps to “protect public safety, preserve limited resources, and improve outcomes for addicts” in Boston – that are scalable to other cities in the US.
First, he calls for more evidence-based research on what types of treatment work – citing that treatment for a heroin-addicted male will differ from the treatment plan for a young addicted mother. He encourages the brainpower and leadership in Boston to be used to discern “which treatment programs work best for what substances and for which addicts.”
Second, he says a simultaneous effort must be made to limit access to what he calls the “prescription drug pipeline.” He uses the example of young adults using these as gateway drugs and easily obtaining them from relatives – who are prescribed way too many to begin with; “Without a doubt, drugs like OxyContin can find their way onto the streets by young people stealing from their grandparents, but that can’t possibly account from the incredible overabundance and accessibility.” To put a plug in the prescription drug pipeline, questions surrounding physician prescribing rights and pharmaceutical regulation should be asked and answered.
Lastly, Kelly says we need to focus on the demand just as much as the supply side, as “drugs are a demand-side business.” He argues for a public health and education campaign to change attitudes toward drugs – using the example tobacco, he says “it isn’t less addictive than before; it’s just not considered cool to smoke anymore so the numbers of people who do so have dropped steadily. We need a similar effort around drugs.”
Here at Synergy Group Services we have voiced similar concerns. With our addiction treatment services located in the area of Florida referred to as the “OxyContin highway,” we see the access that young adults have to prescription drugs and come in for OxyContin or Roxicet addiction treatment. We have developed a comprehensive family program to address the concerns of families touched by addiction and we use evidenced based practices to develop individual holistic treatment plans because we – like Kelly – agree that there is no one size fits all approach to treatment. Kelly says “As a recovering drug addict, I am fighting for evidence-based policies to promote safer, healthier neighborhoods, for people like me who deserve a second chance at life, and to give them and their families real hope.” And as a recovery treatment center we use evidence-based treatment to offer this second chance and hope for families.