Update: It was awhile ago, so we'll forgive you if you forget the lovely Conneaut parents who dosed their kids with Oxycodone so that their dad, who was taking Oxy like prescribed, but also weed, which was not prescribed, could pass a piss test.
Well, the mom in the case was just sentenced to two years in prison on child endangerment charges. Pops is still waiting sentencing. The kids have been permanently removed from their custody. (Star Beacon)
Here's a dilemma: You've scored a prescription for Oxycodone to nullify some ongoing pain. The problem is that you have to take urine tests to show doctors that you're either using the drug correctly and/or not supplementing the Oxycodone with illegal drugs as well, and you really like to use some recreational drugs.
How do you procure urine that has Oxycodone in it but not, say, marijuana? If you're this father from Conneaut, you take some of your Oxycodone pills, crush them up, feed them to your four young children — ages 6 through 10 — and collect their urine for your tests.
The Ashtabula Star Beacon reports on this sorta ingenious but seriously disturbing story:
A search of the house, conducted by police, uncovered a wealth of prescription medicine, drug paraphernalia, marijuana and evidence of a marijuana-growing operation, according to records filed with Conneaut Municipal Court.
An affidavit police filed with the court to justify a search warrant provided some details into the case:
On Jan. 28, the police department was contacted by Children Services regarding a man and woman living in the city. The agency said it had learned the man, who had a prescription for Oxycodone, was giving the drug to his four children, then collected their urine. Armed with a court order, Children Services removed the children and placed them in residential custody.
Agents with the agency interviewed the children, and were told the parents routinely crush “blue” pills, which are ingested by all the kids, according to the affidavit. The older child told investigators his parents smoke marijuana and grow the drug in the basement of the house.
The kids were removed from the house by court order last week and no charges have been filed as of yet. However, with the wealth of pot growing in the basement and the kids' testimony that daddy gave them Oxycodone for dessert, it shouldn't be long before something official.