Georgia school nurse arrested, accused of stealing students’ medications

A school nurse in Cobb County, Georgia, was arrested Thursday after administrators noticed students’ medications were missing.

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Lindsey Waggoner, 38, is accused of stealing more than $1,500 worth of medication from Barber Middle School in Acworth, according to an arrest warrant obtained Monday by Cobb school police allegedly found her in possession of 209 pills, including Adderall, generic forms of Ritalin and Focalin, and Evekeo.

The prescription stimulants are commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD.

The drugs can be desirable for “off-label” purposes, including creating euphoric effects and improved mental performance, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Principal Tia Amlett sent a letter home to parents, alerting them to the investigation and arrest of a staff member, although the employee was not named.

“We have made contact with families who were directly affected by this situation and will continue to pursue policies that ensure such behavior does not go unnoticed,” she said.

A school district official told WSB-TV that Waggoner was placed on administrative leave. School officials are also working with the affected families on financial reimbursement, WSB-TV reported.

Waggoner, who is from Kennesaw, is facing a single felony charge of theft by taking. She was booked into the county jail Thursday afternoon and released a few hours later on a $15,000 bond.

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