Man guilty of sucking drugs from IV tube

By Balzafire · Jul 25, 2010 · Updated Jul 28, 2010 · ·
  1. Balzafire
    A Marion man spent 150 days in jail for sucking the medication out of his handicapped uncle’s IV tube, and a judge ruled that was sufficient punishment.

    Michael Dwayne English, 38, of California Avenue recently pleaded guilty in McDowell County Superior Court to assault on a handicapped person and injury to personal property. Judge Laura J. “Suzy” Bridges sentenced him to 150 days behind bars and gave him credit for that amount of time spent in pretrial confinement.

    As part of a plea arrangement, prosecutors dismissed two other charges: misdemeanor larceny and neglecting a disabled or elderly person inflicting serious injury.

    The hospice nurse who cares for English’s 59-year-old uncle contacted the Marion Police Department on Jan. 15. She told officers someone had punctured her patient’s IV tube several times, according to Investigative Lt. Chris Taylor.

    The victim told authorities that English punctured the tubing and sucked the dilaudid out of it with his mouth, the lieutenant stated.

    Dilaudid is a narcotic painkiller that had been medically prescribed to the victim.

    Taylor said English was a part-time caretaker for his uncle.

    By Richelle Bailey
    Published: July 22, 2010

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  1. jerseyshore38
    That's both astonishing and astonishingly stupid. First of all, that this man would have the gall to deprive his uncle of medication that was paramount to relieving his pain is absolutely sickening. Then, there's the fact that this was an IV drip, meaning the doses of dilaudid being used were scaled down to accommodate the decreased times to blood plasma peaks of the drug. So he put himself in jail for 150 days for stealing medicine that barely got him high at all. What an idiot.
  2. godztear
    Some people will do absolutely anything to get a high. One of my good buddy's older brother once was a vacuum salesman. He only sold one vacuum, to his parents :laugh:. Then he turned around and stole the vacuum from them to score some heroin :thumbsdown:.

    This just goes to show the desperation of a person who feels they really need that fix. Some people would like to argue that the decriminalization of all substances via regulation would be the answer to all problems. I tend to disagree, due to the reasoning that people like the one's mentioned will always exist.

    I would have to assume there are underlying psychological issues that need attending to and this is the issue that really needs to be addressed.
  3. El Calico Loco

    Decriminalization of drugs would solve only those problems directly attributable to the criminalization of drugs. We would still have the problems of drug abuse and addiction. As this article demonstrates, we have those problems already. And this was a legal drug obtained through legal channels (until the theft from the IV).

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