School clinic aide in Virginia charged with stealing students' Adderall

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - A former Chesterfield County Public Schools clinic aide was arrested and charged with stealing Adderall prescribed to students.

Chesterfield police said a parent of a student at Clover Hill Elementary School reported her child's medicine had been stolen while the child was at school May 21.

Caitlin Poytress, 39, of Chesterfield, was arrested the same day and charged with three counts of child endangerment, possession of a schedule II drug, possession with intent to distribute a schedule II drug, possession with intent to distribute a schedule IV drug and three counts of petit larceny.

Chesterfield Schools confirmed Poytress was taking Adderall from students and replacing it with over-the-counter medication.

"Adderall is a stimulant and it is typically used in children in adolescence with hyperactivity," Dr. Angelica Smith, DNP, said.

Smith says it helps calms the child so they are able to focus on work in school.

"It is a controlled substance, so it should be kept in a controlled environment. It should be kept in a locker. It should not be among people who do not know how to use the medication," Smith said.

Poytress began working for Chesterfield Schools in January 2019.

"The safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority," Chesterfield Schools said in a statement. "These are very serious charges and the clinic aide will not be returning to our schools. The school division is working with Chesterfield Police on their investigation, and we continue to be in direct contact with the families of students who are involved."

The incident came to light when a parent noticed something wasn't right and went to officials.

Once Poytress popped the pills, police say she packed over-the-counter medication back in the bottle.

One parent said she's concerned her child's pills were replaced with an adult sleeping aid.

"If you get the wrong dose and it is too much, you can actually have heart attacks. You can have things that are dangerous," Smith said.

Smith is now warning parents not to send too much medication with your child to school.

"They should just be giving the amounts that's supposed to be taken. I would suggest in a pill dispensary and only the doses that will be administered at the school be taken to school," Smith said.

Police also believe the former clinical aide might have made a profit from selling the pills.

"The beauty of the medication and the bad thing of the medication. At the right doses, it could do wonders for the children. It could have them being successful. If taken at excessive doses, you can get addicted to it," Smith said.

Smith says it's a popular drug on the black market, especially popular with college students.

"It has a reputation for it helping you stay awake, be alert and being able to focus more," Smith said.

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