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Man charged with illegally obtaining ADHD drug

CONNOQUENESSING TWP — State police charged a man Wednesday for allegedly using his stepson to illegally obtain the prescription drug Adderall, after the child's pediatrician reported suspicious behavior during a visit in April.

Shane Michael Caldwell, 32, is charged with acquiring a controlled substance through fraud or misrepresentation, theft by deception, and corruption of minors. No home address was listed on court documents.

Police received a call on April 8 reporting suspicious behavior at a pediatrician's office in Connoquenessing Township.

Office staff told police that Caldwell had been bringing his stepson in every month to fill an Adderall prescription. The pediatrician said she noticed the child acting in a way that made her suspect he was not taking his medication a few days before calling police. She said she spoke to the stepson alone and noted that the boy contradicted his stepfather regarding the amount of medication he was taking, documents state.

Adderall is a stimulant commonly prescribed in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

Officers called the boy's mother, who said she was unaware of her son's recent visits with Caldwell. She added that the boy's prescription was supposed to be discontinued as he had received a new prescription from a therapist in November.

Officers then interviewed Caldwell, who confessed to selling or ingesting all 300 pills prescribed to his stepson over a five-month period, documents state.

Caldwell will be arraigned Thursday.

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