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Mom arrested after drug is found in child

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A woman was arrested Tues­day after her 3-year-old died with prescription painkiller in his system Oct. 10, a report shows.

Alana Johnson, 45, took the boy to Medical College of Georgia Hospital about 4:40 p.m. after she found him unresponsive in their home in the 4600 block of Mike Padgett Highway, a report states.

He was pronounced dead at 5:35 p.m., and a test showed he had methadone in his bloodstream, a report states. Johnson said she is ad­ministered the narcotic by Augusta Metro Treatment Cen­ter and did not know how it got into her son. She was arrested on suspicion of second-degree child cruelty.

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gijoe7898
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gijoe7898 10/20/10 - 03:55 am
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something missing here. you

something missing here. you wouldn't think an arrest would happen so quickly without hard evidence. and she was "administered" the drug?

Doyougetitnow
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Doyougetitnow 10/20/10 - 05:48 am
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There's alot more that could

There's alot more that could be said on this, but sadly it won't make a difference in this childs life. He's in Heaven now and playing on God's happy playground with all the other little angels who've left us much too early.

OhWell
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OhWell 10/20/10 - 06:12 am
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Methadone is synthetic Heroin

Methadone is synthetic Heroin and should never be stored where a 3 year old could reach it. Someone is responsible for this and since she is the one prescribed this Rx then she is the one that did not store it properly.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/20/10 - 06:13 am
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Ever talk to someone on

Ever talk to someone on methadone? Whether they intentionally double dose or they just forget about the first dose, the resulting zombie is a blithering idiot for hours.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 10/20/10 - 07:02 am
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The child got into her "take

The child got into her "take home" supply of methadone which by the way is not packaged in child-resistant packaging.

bigmamastump
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bigmamastump 10/20/10 - 08:17 am
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It 's just a legal way for

It 's just a legal way for dope heads to get their fix. They need to stop this program and our goverment needs to stop pay'n for it. It's very sad the child died.any one that puts a child in danger like that needs to be locked and charged with his death. the child should not been left for her to watch.

NoCatchyName
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NoCatchyName 10/20/10 - 08:46 am
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"...know it all

"...know it all selves!!!!!!!....QUIT JUDGING people....Are you GOD....your STUPID OPINIONS."

Pot, meet Kettle.

ripjones
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ripjones 10/20/10 - 08:48 am
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@leafmebe - YOU need to read

@leafmebe - YOU need to read the article, like where it says, "Johnson said she is ad­ministered the narcotic by Augusta Metro Treatment Cen­ter...", which equals dope-head. Augusta Metro Treatment Center DOES NOT CONDUCT PAIN MANAGEMENT !! And I have no earthly idea, why my post was just pulled !!

onethickdiva
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onethickdiva 10/20/10 - 08:50 am
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@leafmebe No one is putting

@leafmebe No one is putting the horse before the cart here. Augusta Metro Treatment Cen­ter is a drug rehab center. From the harshness in your comment, it sounds like your doorstep could use a good sweeping too. But thats why they are called opinions, everyone is entitled to one.

Grace422
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Grace422 10/20/10 - 08:58 am
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Oh my aching behind,

Oh my aching behind, leafmebe. I think it’s reasonable to assume this women is a druggie. Her child has died because she did not put the medicine up where her child could not get into it and 2nd for not supervising her small child. Maybe she was to out of it. I’ve known several people over the years that live with chronic pain and not a one of them rec.’ed methadone. I do how ever have a aunt that is a nurse at a methadone clinic across the river and yes the majority of people rec.’ing this type of treatment are recovering addicts. Unfortunately the child has paid the price for her lack of parenting.

WW1949
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WW1949 10/20/10 - 09:11 am
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leafmebe, There is no excuse

leafmebe, There is no excuse that you can give me for someone using addictive drugs. I would suggest that if she is administered the drugs then she purchased some from someone who may have taken them from the center. I dealt with two friends who were involved in drugs and one is dead and the other may be because I haven't seen him in at least 10 years. You sound just like them when they needed a fix. If that is you then too bad because you are headed for the worst. I also have a nephew who is a drugist and he gives out methadone in a clinic in Virginia and they take it in front of him. By the way, my doorstep is pretty clean. I never would be that STUPID to use drugs. I value what people think about me and my family.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/20/10 - 09:30 am
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Take a look at her mug shot.

Take a look at her mug shot. Whoa, Nellie!

Alana Higgins Johnson

http://appweb2.augustaga.gov/InmateInquiry/

bettyboop
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bettyboop 10/20/10 - 09:35 am
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I didn't know they were

I didn't know they were allowed to take the dose home.....usually they down it right in front of the person giving it out.........

airbud7
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airbud7 10/20/10 - 09:58 am
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OK, I went outside and swept

OK, I went outside and swept my doorstep, came back in but nothing seems different? Should I go and sweep it again? It didn't look very dirty the first time.

fontana
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fontana 10/20/10 - 10:19 am
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Typical. Shut the kid up

Typical. Shut the kid up anyway they can. Sometimes it turns out to be MURDER!

dani
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dani 10/20/10 - 10:56 am
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Thanks for the photo, Corgi.

Thanks for the photo, Corgi. That will stop some of the posters attempting to defend this person.

ripjones
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ripjones 10/20/10 - 11:51 am
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@leafmebe - no problem. My

@leafmebe - no problem. My first post got pulled because they thought I was being too harsh.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/20/10 - 12:03 pm
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A tool box and a combination

A tool box and a combination padlock- that's all it takes to save a small child's life.

We don't have small children in the house, but if we did- that's what we'd have.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 10/20/10 - 12:14 pm
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This woman was 42 years old

This woman was 42 years old when she had this little boy and is 45 now. One would think that a person who has reached middle age would have enough experience and sense to know to keep sharp objects, poisons and all medicines out of the reach of a toddler.

Doyougetitnow
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Doyougetitnow 10/20/10 - 05:15 pm
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Rolling, too sad that she

Rolling, too sad that she never grew up & had NO parenting skills. Methadone is every bit as bad as heroin, my wife's ex died from a methadone overdose. It's supposed to help people overcome a heroin addiction, but, if you've never been addicted to heroin, it's a smoking gun. Drug addicts get it where they can get it, however they can get it, damn everyone else in their lives, they only care about the "fix". This is one sad story.

Doyougetitnow
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Doyougetitnow 10/20/10 - 05:20 pm
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Methadone is NOT prescribed

Methadone is NOT prescribed as a painkiller to my knowledge. It's normally prescribed to heroin addicts trying to get off heroin. Can someone alter my out of date knowledge?

OhWell
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OhWell 10/20/10 - 05:28 pm
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I work in a well respected

I work in a well respected Pain Clinic (I have been in this field for years) and most doctors will not prescribe Methadone as a pain reliever. It is sometimes used for Cancer and Terminally ill patients as a last resort in a respected Pain Clinic and these patients are usually on hospice care. A good pain Doc looks at alternate methods of treating the pain and gives very few narcotics. This woman left a drug out available to a 3 year old and should be prosecuted.

zenith15
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zenith15 10/20/10 - 09:05 pm
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Folks, here are the

Folks, here are the facts.

Methadone is quite often prescribed for moderate to severe pain--however, in this case, the mother was taking methadone as prescribed to treat an opioid addiction. About 75% of current methadone clinic patients are there for addiction to prescription painkillers as opposed to heroin. Methadone patients come from all walks of life--there are professionals, suburban "soccer moms", college students, business owners, nurses, teachers, you name it. Addiction is no respecter of persons, and touches all levels of society.

Methadone does not cause a high or euphoria in stable patients. Any patient who appears impaired or sedated has almost certainly ingested other drugs.

Methadone take home doses can be earned by patients who have been in treatment for 90 days or more and can meet an eight point criteria, including clean urine screens, stable home life, stable attendance at counseling sessions, and others. They may then earn a single take home dose per week every three months, but stand to lose those if at any time they test positive for drugs or cannot meet the other criteria. Take home doses are always dispensed in child proof containers and the patient must bring a locking box with them to pick up the medication.

Methadone treatment is the most successful method of treatment for opioid addiction by far, with an approximate success rate of 65%, as opposed to the 10% success rate of abstinence based treatment for chronic opioid addiction. As with other treatments for chronic illness, most patients will need long term treatment. The goal of treatment with methadone is to stabilize the brain chemistry and allow the patient to resume a normal, productive life--and for that percentage that are not ready for full recovery, to minimize harm to those who continue to use drugs and to the population in general.

The tragedy in this case is of course that it was entirely preventable. Patients are always instructed to keep medication locked up and far away from children. Of course, children are poisoned every year by ingesting all kinds of medications, household cleansers, tobacco, alcoholic drinks that were left out after a party, etc. All preventable. Yet, is justice truly served by locking up the parents of each of these tragic cases? And is this particular case really so different than the recent case of a grandfather who dropped his Oxycontin pain pill on the floor and neglected to pick it up, and it was subsequently found by his live-in granddaughter, a toddler, who ingested it and spent 5 days in the ICU? No mention was made of prosecuting the grandfather.

Using perjorative terms like "druggie" and making nasty remarks about people simply because they are recovering from addiction serves no good purpose. The lesson to take from this is to never leave medications in a child's reach, period. A federal study released just last month (http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k10/DAWN014/AddicentalIngestion.htm) estimated over 100,000 children under age 6 were seen in the nation's EDs in 2008 because of accidental poisoning. Over a quarter involved medication for heart or lung disease, and anti-depressants and non-narcotic pain relievers (like motrin and aspirin products) accounted for another 25%. Note that narcotic pain relievers (methadone is one of many) accounted for less than 4% of cases, and methadone for treatment of dependence wasn't mentioned at all by the Federal Report.

Doyougetitnow
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Doyougetitnow 10/20/10 - 09:25 pm
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Hate to burst your bubble but

Hate to burst your bubble but my ex-husbands widow got enough to contribute to the neighborhood and two people died within 2 weeks by methadone given by her. So, just like anything else...you can get what you want pretty without adhering to any rules.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/20/10 - 10:46 pm
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"Using perjorative terms like

"Using perjorative terms like "druggie" and making nasty remarks about people simply because they are recovering from addiction serves no good purpose."

You can't call a drug addict a druggie? That's perjorative? What else would you call them?

More PC nonsense.

The truth is that many people on methadone abuse that, too. Lots of methadone patients take extra that they get illegally. And most of those methadone patients aren't "in recovery"- they've just substituted one drug for another.

But surely, zenith, you know that too.

"Methadone is quite often prescribed for moderate to severe pain--however, in this case, the mother was taking methadone as prescribed to treat an opioid addiction. "

You have no idea if she was taking it as prescribed or not, Zenith. But looking at her mug shot, she sure doesn't look too healthy to me.

hunnyb
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hunnyb 10/21/10 - 09:21 am
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Zenith15 >>I have a

Zenith15 >>I have a question...Is methadone used for Epilepsy Seizures? A neighbor of mine has Epilepsy and claims that she is prescribed methadone pills for it. I was reading your post and you didn't mention it. I was just wondering.....Thanks

jdsgirl63
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jdsgirl63 10/21/10 - 01:43 pm
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Does it really matter what

Does it really matter what she was using the Methadone for? A child is dead because someone, presumably his mother, was extremely careless. It could have been from any drug, prescription or OTC. The bottom line is we are supposed to protect our kids, especially from themselves. The mother will be punished by a judge and will be given a sentence seen fit by the courts - no matter what the court of public opinion thinks. But her real punishment will be having to live with the knowledge that she killed her child. That will stay with her until her dying day.

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