AD/HD meds found in trash

Friday, February 13, 2009

Medication for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder was found in a trash can during a search at Forrest High School last month, according to public records.

However, the pills were found in a bottle labeled for a pain medication, according to FHS School Resource Officer Eli Stuard's report filed with the Marshall County Sheriff's Department.

"While conducting a drug search (Jan. 12) at school there was a bottle of pills found in the trash can in a pill (bottle) that belonged to (a 16-year-old boy.) The pill bottle was supposed to contain Lortab, but it had Adderall in it.

"After talking with (the boy,)" Stuard said, "he admitted to bringing the pills to school. He stated he passed them off to another student so he didn't get in trouble. The other student got the pills and put them in the trash. (He) stated he knew it was wrong to bring the pills to school."

The online encyclopedia Wikipedia states that Adderall "is a brand-name pharmaceutical psychostimulant composed of mixed amphetamine salts, which is thought to work by increasing the amount of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain... (One) formulation is ... for use in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, while the XR formulation is only approved for use in ADHD.

"Due to side effects including appetite suppression and weight loss," the online encyclopedia states, "Adderall has also been used as an off-label drug for obesity."

It "is also reportedly widely used as a 'study drug' at many American universities," Wikipedia reports. Adderall is reported to help focus energy and concentration to a much higher level than normal. It enables the user to focus and stay awake. Stories of students writing papers for an unusual number of continuous hours, or cramming all night for an exam with no loss of energy or concentration are common. However, the user reportedly can suffer from drastic side effects the following day if Adderall was used to avoid a normal sleep pattern. In extreme cases, the drug can cause paranoia, hallucinations and heart attacks."

Schools Director Stan Curtis was asked about the incident and replied, "We followed Board policy.

"If it was Schedule II," Curtis said of the pharmacological classification used by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, "it was Zero Tolerance," meaning the boy had to be expelled from school because of only one offense.

In other incident reports:

* Sheriff's Deputy Cecil Thrasher arrested Richard F. Adams, 39, of Webb Road, Lewisburg, on Wednesday, Feb. 4. The warrant for Adams' arrest alleges that on Feb. 13, 2008, he sold a Schedule IV drug, 50 Valium pills, to a confidential informant working for the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

* Edward Brian Tankersley, 36, of Gina Lynn Drive was arrested by Lewisburg Police early Saturday morning. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence and violation of the implied consent law.

* Robert Gerald Major, 26, of Columbia, was also arrested for DUI. Officer Amanda Newcomb reported she observed him speeding and running a red light at the intersection of East Commerce and the Bypass in the early hours of Feb. 2.

Major "performed poorly" on field sobriety tests and initially gave a false name, but later admitted his real name and said that his license was suspended, the officer reported. During a search of his 1998 Chevy Blazer a small marijuana cigarette and rolling papers were found, she said. Charges against Major include DUI, driving on suspended (4th offence), possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession, and criminal impersonation. His bond was set at $10,000, and he's due in court March 2.

* Jacob L. Sands, 24, of Hull Avenue, and Jennifer L. Doggett, 28, of Old Columbia Road, were arrested in the early hours of Feb. 2. Officers Kevin Clark and Larry Hazelwood arrested the pair after Sands was observed to be "unsteady on his feet" while inside Quik Mart on North Ellington Parkway, police said. Sands "performed poorly" on field sobriety tests, and pills found in his cigarette package were identified as Soma, police said. Doggett, the passenger, was asked to step out and "Hazelwood attempted to give (her) a field sobriety test, but was unable to because (she) fell backwards during demonstration of the first test," according to Clark's report. "A partially smoked cigarette appearing to be marijuana was recovered from the center console." Sands and Doggett were charged with public intoxication, possession of a schedule IV drug, and simple possession of marijuana. Both are due in court on March 2. Sands' bond was set at $7,500. Doggett's is $1,500.