‘ADHD meds led to my meth arrest’: Lauryn Eagle
Lauryn Eagle’s lawyer, Adam Houda, has admitted in court the former water skiing world champion had methamphetamine in her system when she was pulled over earlier this year but maintains it was the result of a drug prescribed in the US to treat ADHD.
“The offending ingredient was in her system,” Mr Houda said.
“The positive reading came as a complete shock to my client because she simply doesn’t take illicit drugs. it became apparent what caused the positive reading of the prescribed drug.
“It was prescribed medication which brought about the positive result.
“Desoxyn is not a drug which is available in Australia but it is not banned.”
During the hearing in Sutherland Local Court today (Wednesday) Mr Houda told the court his client had taken a drug prescribed in the US to treat ADHD called desoxyn which she was prescribed by her doctor in the US to treat her ADHD and a persistent depressive disorder.
“The road transport legislation was never intended to capture sick people taking medication,” he said.
“One thing about testing is that it does not discriminate against illicit drugs or prescription drugs.
“There was never any intention to drive with an illicit drug in her system.”
Police Prosecutor Paul Bush opposed the application to have the matter dealt with under the Mental Health Act and said the drug test results were not in question.
“It is more appropriate it should be dealt with under law,” Mr Bush said.
“The treatment for the mental condition led to offending behaviour.”
If the mental health application is dismissed Eagle is faces having her licence suspended for a maximum of 6 months.
A decision on whether Eagle’s drug-driving charge will be dealt with under the Mental Health Act has been adjourned until January.
A judgment on the mental health application will be handed down in January at the Sydney Downing Centre.