Mother says son's Adderall stolen from nurse's medicine cabinet - KCTV5

Mother says son's Adderall stolen from school nurse's medicine cabinet

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GARDNER, KS (KCTV) -

A mother believes her son's medicine to treat Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD was stolen from a nurse's room at school and she's not happy with how the school is handling the situation.

"I just want someone to be held accountable," Danica Downs said.

It has been a frustrating day and a half for Downs. Monday morning she said she got a call from her son's school. Caleb is a first grader at Gardner Elementary, located just off of Main Street at 218 E. Shawnee St.

According to the school's nurse, his medication, a level two controlled substance called Adderall, was missing.

"What her words were was that the medicine cabinet can sometimes be left unlocked if the nurse is escorting a student back to their classroom. I was upset, angry, scared," Downs said.

The mother was upset because she doesn't want the pills to fall into the wrong hands. She questions why a medicine cabinet in a school with potentially powerful prescription drugs inside wouldn't be kept locked at all times.

Downs said she also doesn't believe a child took the medication.

"It's scary because I know only up to fourth graders go to that school and fourth graders don't know what those pills are. It was an adult and it's scary because now there are these pills missing and we don't know if they were sold on the street, if they were dropped in the school," Downs said.

The school sent Downs an e-mail suggesting she file a police report and apologizing for the inconvenience. The only comment the district had for KCTV is "We are in the early stages of fact finding regarding the matter."

District officials promised Downs a full investigation and she plans to hold them to their word.

"I don't think the district is taking it serious. I think that they think we are going to go on winter break and have a few weeks off from school and we're going to come back and everything is going to be brushed under the rug," she said.

The use of drugs like Adderall to treat ADHD has skyrocketed in this country. The New York Times reports the number of children on these drugs has climbed from 600,000 in 1990 to 3.5 million now.

ADHD is now the second most frequent long-term diagnosis made in children, behind only asthma.

Sales of Adderall and other prescription stimulants reached almost $9 billion in the United States last year.

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