Thursday, August 18, 2005

Drugs & Jack in Orange City

From Radio Iowa....

An Orange City teacher and coach has pleaded guilty to stealing prescription drugs. Barry Miedema, who led the Unity Christian boys basketball team to the Class 2A state championship last season, was caught in a house in Sioux Center in March, looking for pain medications. This week, he pleaded guilty to one count of burglary -- a felony. He also pleaded guilty to fourth degree theft and unlawful possession of prescription drugs. Miedema will spend 30 days in jail and he will be placed on probation after he's released. Miedema has been suspended from his coaching and teaching duties at Unity Christian for the upcoming school year. Back in 2003, Miedema was also caught breaking into another home in Orange City

Just imagine … if we did have the perscription drug database up and running this guy probably would not have been coaching the Unity Christian team on to victory in last year's B-ball tournament. I can think of a few 2A schools that might have appreciated our "system" getting Barry a little help before he turned to criminal behavior to feed a drug habit.

But remember, State Senator Jack Hatch cares about Barry's right to privacy when it comes to seeking prescription painkillers from multiple doctors and pharmacies.

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