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Mother and Daughter Arrested for 'Dangerous Drug' Ibuprofen

  1. torachi
    14657.jpg A Georgia mother and daughter have been arrested for dealing and possession of a dangerous drug, respectively, after the daughter's stash of prescription-strength ibuprofen was discovered in her purse in school on Monday.

    The 12-year-old girl, who was suffering from menstrual cramps, was busted for carrying a bottle of 11-and-a-half pills of ibuprofen in her purse, which the Baker Middle School searched. Another student had claimed the girl was carrying a knife, which was apparently not found.

    Baker Middle School's policy is to contact police if students are discovered with drugs. In addition to the drug charge, the girl was suspended from school for 10 days.

    Although it is impossible to get high on any strength of ibuprofen — sold over-the-counter under the brand names Advil and Motrin in up to 200 mg doses — Georgia law considers higher-dose tablets, of 400 mg or 800 mg, to be "dangerous drugs," when possessed without a prescription.

    The girl's mother told the school that she gave her daughter the ibuprofen.

    Why anyone would believe that possibly burdening a 12-year-old with a criminal record for possession of any drug — let alone one that isn't psychoactive — and potentially locking up her mother for "drug distribution" would be a productive use of the criminal justice system, I can't say. Even suspending someone from school for this type of offense is ludicrous and counterproductive.

    If adults don't demonstrate a sense of proportion or even common sense, how can we expect children to do so?

    By MAIA SZALAVITZ Thursday, December 16, 2010



  1. Moving Pictures
    Wow! That's all I can say. I do have a feeling that the prosecutor will decline to press charges but still, wow. Please follow this story and keep us updated.
  2. Mr. Jiki
    A formal apology from the school administration is what SWIM sees in the near future. Not to mention the utter absurdity of this situation being dealt with the way that it was. Think of the 12 year old girl that was taking ibuprofen, for menstrual cramps...and getting arrested. SWIM is not a child psychologist, but at that young an age and that traumatic an experience one would wonder if she'll associate pain and taking medication for said pain in a bad light now.
  3. EscapeDummy
    Fucking ludicrous. As mr. Jiki says, swim expects an apology; the family shouldn't quit until they receive one. Perhaps they should even press charges, swim forgets the legal terms but people have sued for psychological trauma, swim could see a good lawyer legitimately presenting that.
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