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In The News: School Nurse arrested for stealing student’s ADHD medication

A Dallas elementary school nurse Rebecca Baily-Long is on paid administrative leave after allegedly stealing prescription ADHD medication from a student and replacing it with pain medication.

Bailey-Long is accused of stealing various prescription medications and risking the health of young students. She also allegedly stole unknown pills from another student, WFAA reports.

The Huffington Post reports that, “The incident came to light when a nurse filling in for Bailey-Long said the girl, identified by CBS Dallas-Fort Worth as Natalie, had run out of pills. Mother Ruby found it odd since she had supplied the school with month’ worth of the drug just one month prior. A family member had also pointed out that the girl was acting oddly, until the discovery that some of the pills at the school had been replaced with others.

School officials have checked with doctors and confirm that the affected students are safe.

“Clearly we had a violation of trust,” Dallas Independent School District spokesperson Jon Dahlander told WFAA.”

Bailey-Long was arrested Friday on a state jail felony charge of diversion of a controlled substance and she faces a $10,000 fine and two years in jail.

Bailey-Long was arrested but avoided being booked into jail as part of her bond conditions set by 204th Judicial District Court Judge Lena Levario. She must enroll in a substance abuse program and tell doctors she is a drug addict, court records state.

A police lead search of her home found a “large quantity of prescription bottles, dangerous drugs and controlled substances” in Bailey’s name from several doctors, records state. Court documents allege that Bailey-Long engaged in “doctor shopping,” the practice of receiving controlled substances from multiple doctors without informing them of the other prescriptions.


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