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Levi Johnston's Mother Tries to Explain Drug Arrest
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Johnston claims that she had a hysterectomy eight years ago, and subsequently required seven additional surgeries to deal with complications. "I was in pain, and I'm still in pain," she says. "I have been trying for years to deal with the pain. I'd rather not comment any more but it's not everything that they're saying." The string of surgeries and the accompanying chronic pain forced the 42-year-old to abandon her career as a hairdresser.
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Johnston also claims that she was prescribed OxyContin by the physician managing her care. Okay, sure, but it doesn't exactly explain why she texted a police informant back in October, to arrange to sell him the drug. Or why she was caught on tape selling the drug to an informant was wearing a camera and a microphone.
It's not entirely implausible that Johston got hooked on painkillers as the result of an actual medical issue; she wouldn't be the first person to find herself in that position. Remember when Rush Limbaugh came clean about his addiction to OxyContin and hyrocodone? He claimed to have gotten hooked after back surgery, and checked himself into rehab. Of course, he wasn't selling the stuff to his neighbors, he was just taking way too much of it himself.
It's hard not to feel for Sherry Johnston. She has a brand new grandbaby, who she says looks "just like Levi," but instead of enjoying her role as the Nana, she's facing jail time for second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. And of course, since little Tripp's other grandma is Sarah Palin, the media are parked right outside her house. That can't be fun for her.
But it's also difficult to really believe her story -- if she were addicted to painkillers, wouldn't she be more interested in BUYING them than in SELLING them?
What do you think -- is Sherry Johnston telling the truth? Do you buy the story of pain management gone wrong? Or there something else going on here?
|entirely plausible - chronic pain is a horrible thing.||902 (8.9%)|
|possible, but only barely - why was she SELLING the drugs?||4108 (40.5%)|
|a complete crock - she's a dealer, plain and simple.||5137 (50.6%)|
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