Daughter of Gov. Bush Sent to Jail in Drug Case

  Daughter of Gov. Bush Sent to Jail in Drug Case

Posted by CN Staff on July 18, 2002 at 12:28:44 PT
By Dana Canedy 
Source: New York Times  

Noelle Bush, the 24-year-old daughter of Gov. Jeb. Bush, was sent to Orange County jail in Orlando this afternoon after failing to meet conditions of a court-ordered rehabilitation plan stemming from her drug arrest in January.Ms. Bush was charged with prescription fraud on Jan. 29 after she tried to obtain the anti-anxiety drug Xanax from a pharmacy in Tallahassee, the police said.
Governor Bush disclosed his daughter's rehabilitation lapse in a statement today, saying, "My family is saddened to share that our daughter Noelle has not abided by the conditions of her drug court treatment plan."Judge Reginald Whitehead of Orange County Circuit found Ms. Bush in contempt of court and sent her to jail for 72 hours after staff members at her resident drug treatment center in Orlando discovered last week that she had prescription pills that a nurse said had been stolen from the center's medicine cabinet.Ms. Bush said she had found the pills on the center's grounds. Center administrators said that was false. In a letter to the judge overseeing Ms. Bush's case, the program director of the center where she is receiving treatment expressed concerns about her recovery even though Ms. Bush has passed the required drug tests."There is concern about her lack of honesty," the program director wrote to the judge.In another incident, Ms. Bush was discovered on June 19 to have been "off property without permission," said Randy Means, executive director of the Orange-Osceola state attorney's office, which oversees cases in the region assigned to Florida drug court. It is unclear how long she was missing or what she was doing at the time. She was assigned to perform community service as punishment for the incident.Ms. Bush avoided trial after her arrest in January by entering a rehabilitation program.Peter Antonacci, Ms. Bush's lawyer, did not return calls seeking comment.Mr. Bush has previously acknowledged that his daughter has a drug problem, and he has at times become emotional talking about it. At the opening of an annual statewide drug conference in May, Governor Bush wept as he thanked audience members for their support while he and his wife, Columba, dealt with their daughter's recovery.In his statement today, the governor said: "There are consequences for every action we take in our lives, and as her parents, Columba and I wish we could have prevented our daughter from making the wrong choices. We love Noelle, but she is an adult, and I respect the role of the courts in carrying out our state's drug treatment policies."Ms. Bush is in protective custody in a housing unit for women who are prominent offenders, said Allen Moore, spokesman for the Orange County Corrections Department.Capt. Tim Ryan, chief of the Orange County Corrections Department, said a representative from the governor's office had called to inquire about Ms. Bush's well-being. Governor Bush, who was in Orlando this evening for a ceremony honoring Florida's teacher of the year, visited his daughter in jail after speaking at the event.A weekday visit of Ms. Bush would typically not have been permitted. However, Mr. Moore said, "in this case obviously he's the governor of the state and he's concerned about his daughter, so we accommodated him." Before visiting his daughter, Governor Bush told reporters, "The challenge of this is that I'm a governor, but I'm also a father." Ms. Bush is scheduled to appear before Judge Whitehead on Friday, when he will decide whether to return her to treatment or reinstate the fraud charges stemming from the arrest at the Walgreen's drug store.Bruce Winick, a drug offense expert and a law professor at the University of Miami School of Law, said Ms. Bush was likely to be sent back to treatment.Complete Title: Daughter of Gov. Bush Is Sent to Jail in a Drug CaseSource: New York Times (NY)Author: Dana CanedyPublished: July 18, 2002Copyright: 2002 The New York Times Company Contact: letters Website: Related Articles:Noelle Bush Needs Help, As All Addicts Do Daughters Arrest Will Trigger New Thinking

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Comment #18 posted by John Tyler on July 20, 2002 at 07:47:30 PT
If anyone is interested... Noelle is out of jail and back in the comfy rehab center. Maybe she could be the Xanax poster girl.
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Comment #17 posted by R-Earing on July 19, 2002 at 09:08:51 PT:
Country club jail?
Noelle is being housed in protective custody in a facility for "prominent women offenders". I'll betcha Orlando has some darn nice upscale jails.Due to recent crackdowns,all the manicurists will be searched before entering the salon or steam room areas.Security will also be tightened up on the back nine after the golf pro was accused of smuggling in unpasturized French Brie.Conditions in protective custody are rough ,the bartenders STIR the Stoli martinis-even if you tell them you want it shaken.Isn't this Noelle story just about scene for scene the same as the way the movie "traffic" started?Xanax is a crappy drug.It activates the "mean drunk" portion of your brain as it works.It has all the side effects of heavy binge drinking with almost none of the pleasure.Even if you had your mitts on a mountain of the stuff,why would you take it,unless you were cross addicted to other meds?
It just doesn't give good feelings-I don't get it.It's like abusing enemas. 
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Comment #16 posted by John Tyler on July 19, 2002 at 08:43:07 PT
I know a guy who has severe depression and panic attacks. He takes several Xanax tabs a day just to be normal. They can help but the downside is drowseyness, weight gain and cost.
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Comment #15 posted by qqqq on July 19, 2002 at 07:11:55 PT
...the "danger",of GHB,was created by the dea/ondcp..It is a perfect example of how the anti cartel creates work for themselves by conjuring up false dangers of substances....and it is likely,that many of the substances that have been villified,,and publicized by the anti cartels,,were actually popularized by the exposure they recived from these "agencys",created by our rulers...
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Comment #14 posted by goneposthole on July 19, 2002 at 06:51:29 PT
Don Rickles' quote
Should read: "There's an 'oven' for you, Jew."those dang typos
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Comment #13 posted by goneposthole on July 19, 2002 at 06:47:40 PT
There is a concern about her lack of honesty
I would tend to think that her 'upbringing' would have had an influence on this type of behavior.Leave the poor gal alone, for christ's sake. Let her live her own life, that is all she wants to do.To quote Don Rickles hilarious quip when he was on Johnny Carson many years ago now: "There's an over for you, Jew.'' I'll revise it: "There's a cage for you, drug abuser."----------------------------------------Thanks, Dr. Russo, for the info on Islam in a prior post.
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Comment #12 posted by cltrldmg on July 19, 2002 at 02:58:54 PT
Hey, GHB is not a dangerous drug. You should stop this rubbish of saying anything that's a chemical is nasty but cannabis is good 'because it's natural', it's not very convincing to anyone who isn't a pot-head already.GHB has amazing therapeutic potential. Of course, it can be abused, like anything else, but that still doesn't make it dangerous or worthless. It's amazing how people can demonize GHB as an evil 'date-rape' drug in this alcohol-drenched society. All you need to know:
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Comment #11 posted by xxdr_zombiexx on July 18, 2002 at 20:08:57 PT

And the message is...?
cannabis is the EVil Weed, but a dangerous chemical called the Date Rape Drug gets FDA-clearence for medical use?At what point can we simply plead for NATO intervention?
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on July 18, 2002 at 19:52:20 PT

Here's an article freedom fighter & everyone!
'Date-Rape' Drug Approval Raises Concerns By Steve Mitchell
UPI Medical Correspondent
From the Science & Technology Desk
Published 7/18/2002 6:02 PMWASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- The recent approval by the Food and Drug Administration of the "date-rape" drug GHB for the treatment of a rare form of narcolepsy raises concerns among drug abuse experts it could fall into the hands of young people wanting to abuse the drug."With the abuse potential so high and an already dedicated abuse population, this is a recipe for disaster," Carol Falkowski, a drug abuse researcher at the drug treatment research and education center Hazelden Foundation who was a member of the FDA advisory committee that recommended the drug for approval last year, told United Press International.Complete Article:
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Comment #9 posted by freedom fighter on July 18, 2002 at 19:27:05 PT

The deadly Xanax
Xanax is more than nasty, it is a dangerous drug. One can die from the withdrawls.. I basically am stratching my head, it's on schedule 4. On side note, did you heard or read about GHB, so called date rape drug now are legal to sell to those who are prescribed for it on USA today? ff
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Comment #8 posted by schmeff on July 18, 2002 at 18:48:11 PT

Mayan-you rock!
You always post the best links, and I, for one, appreciate it.Thanks
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Comment #7 posted by mayan on July 18, 2002 at 17:57:18 PT

U Reap What U Sow
A weekday visit of Ms. Bush would typically not have been permitted. However, Mr. Moore said, "in this case obviously he's the governor of the state and he's concerned about his daughter, so we accommodated him."And the taxpayers who pay Jeb's salary aren't concerned about their sons & daughters? What bullsh*t!I actually feel sorry for Noelle. If I had Jeb for a father I would probably kill myself. Seriously.unrelated -Ode to Cynthia(McKinney)
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on July 18, 2002 at 15:10:40 PT

I think you must be right. I don't know anything about Xanax but I was given a script from my doctor of valium years ago but I didn't like it. It made me sleepy for a short time and then very grumpy. Chemicals can be very tricky and highly addictive.
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Comment #5 posted by xxdr_zombiexx on July 18, 2002 at 15:00:04 PT

Nasty Drug
Xanax is a nasty drug. I am not seeing this enter into the public discourse.Xanax and valium and "the benzos" are terribly addictive "medications", and have the WORST withdrawl symptoms I have witnessed. I have never seen heroin w/d, but several benzo-addicted people. The 1 lady that stands out was in her 60's, wife of a college professor - had been on valium for many years and they took her off because they thiought she was addicted.When she was admitted I didnt know her history and thought this was some poor person they scooped off the street and sent to us to keep from dying. (in-patient psychiatric hospital). She was totally dis-oriented, could nither sit not stand, yet kept trying to do so...of course. required total supervision.This went on for 2 weeks..1 day I came to work she was sitting in the Lobby, dressed and coherent. She told me what was up with the valium. I was stunned.That's what I base my understanding of benzo addiction upon. Mental illness is a piece iof cake in comparison.
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Comment #4 posted by E_Johnson on July 18, 2002 at 14:59:08 PT

Why can't we send alcoholics to jail too?
If this is the right way to treat Xanax addiction, then why isn't it also the right way to treat alcohol addiction and the right way to treat food addiction?
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on July 18, 2002 at 13:12:36 PT

Governor Johnson
I remember reading that he pardoned a person after serving 3 years that got a 25 years sentence for forging tylenol 3 prescriptions if I remember right. How can Noelle Bush get by with fancy rehabs and others don't? 
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Comment #2 posted by Ethan Russo MD on July 18, 2002 at 13:07:12 PT:

Jeb Bush Joins the Sheeple
Jeb espouses respect for the law as his daughter is jailed.The real question is how such incarceration will advance her treatment for a medical condition or a personal choice. I submit that it is most unlikely to do so, no matter how long she vegetates there.
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Comment #1 posted by p4me on July 18, 2002 at 12:49:49 PT

The crime of being stupid
There would be a lot less drug arrest if people just did not do anything stupid. It is true here where Noelle Bush could have found a doctor that would have prescribed her Xanex if she would have just done it. The news on the, website for the Statesville Record & Landmark, for the city about 40 miles north of the square of Charlotte, reported that man got pulled over for speeding on I-40 which led to his charge for $250,000 worth of 90% cocaine. The noon news out of Charlotte carried the story of 3 people being killed in an airplane crash as they were searching for marijuana fields down near the coast in Chowan County. One guy was a policeman from Boone and one a policeman from Charlotte, both a long way from home. Marijuana has not killed anyone but trying to keep the money pipeline of prohibitionist flowing in the WOSD has killed 3. It is also the second code red day for Charlotte. Like they care about your health as they add more ozone to the unhealthy air as they fly around.1,2
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