The major controlled substances or narcotics like marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine are not the only substances that can lead to drug charges. Prescription medications, while initially legal after a medical consult with a doctor, become illegal for anyone using them who is not listed under the prescription or for anyone selling them even when they hold the doctor’s prescription.
A New Jersey assistant principal was arrested this past week on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 for drug charges relating to the purchase of prescription painkillers while on school property.
It is unclear how the police were alerted to the purchase, but they arrested the 59-year-old assistant principal after they allegedly observed the purchase. The assistant principal reportedly attempted to buy Roxicet, a painkiller that combines acetaminophen found in Tylenol and Oxycodone a more powerful painkiller. The purchase was made at Pinelands Regional High School.
After his arrest, the assistant principal was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance on school property. It is unclear what consequences the assistant principal could be facing for his involvement. The school superintendent reported that due to confidentiality reasons, they could not confirm whether the assistant principal has been suspended or what their future choice of action will be.
Also arrested was the man that the assistant principal allegedly purchased the drugs from. The second man was a resident of Little Egg Harbor Township.
Prescription painkillers are very addictive despite their medical benefits. An absolutely normal person who suffers an accident that requires the substances to alleviate very painful symptoms can become addicted. Doctors eventually stop prescribing for the injury need, but the addiction often lasts forcing a person to find relief from some other source.
Source: Philly.com, “Assistant principal arrested at NJ school,” Oct. 21, 2011