Sunday, August 22, 2010
Sherry Johnston and her weekly UA's. Something about this simply does not make sense to me.
Later it turned out that they finished fairly quickly and I was able to stop on by as planned.
While I was there I started to think about the UA and so I asked Sherry what they were testing her for, since her urine would contain, not only the Oxycontin that she was convicted of selling, but also the medications that are delivered to her system through a drug pump (Bupivacaine and Fentanyl).
Sherry said that she was told that if any OTHER substances were found in her system that she would then be considered in violation of the rules of her house arrest.
That kind of strikes as ridiculous.
Sherry was convicted for selling her own doctor prescribed medications. She did not buy drugs from an illegal source and then sell it on the streets of Wasilla. She simply sold her own medications on three separate occasions (only ten at a time) to an undercover drug informant who reached out to her and talked her into doing so. Sherry had no prior arrests and no history of illegal drug use.
So my question is WHY does she have to suffer the humiliation of random urine testing?
Since her arrest had no connection to illegal drug use, and she is allowed to continue to take the medications prescribed by her doctor, what the hell are they spending the money on drug tests for?
Sherry told me that she is not even allowed to have a beer (Though I don't think she would anyhow due to how it might interact with the medications already in her system), and that rinsing her mouth with Lysterine or taking Nyquil would cause her to fail her urine test. Does THAT seem fair?
Okay part of this post was just me venting, but I am also very curious as to whether this is standard practice for somebody convicted of selling drugs or if it is just another example of how the Johnston family continues to get a raw deal at every turn.
Update: Okay well it appears that this is pretty standard for a felony drug conviction. I guess the reason that it struck me as excessive is because of the circumstances surrounding just how Sherry came to sell her medications in the Fred Meyer parking lot in the first place. But I guess when it comes to sentencing that is probably not a consideration.
By the way Sherry is working on her own post about the her drug conviction and will hopefully have it ready this week. Some of you have read my previous posts on the subject but there are more details that I did not cover which are very interesting indeed.