Officials: Florida school nurse allegedly stole Adderall from students

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. — Officials say a Florida school nurse allegedly stole prescribed Adderall medication from students.

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Makayla Crandall, 27, has been charged with three counts of grand theft of a controlled substance, five counts of child neglect and a count of failure to maintain narcotics records, according to a news release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. Crandall was charged on Thursday for allegedly stealing prescription medication from multiple students. In some cases, she allegedly replaced their medications with aspirin or Aleve.

Crandall was hired as a school nurse at Destin Middle School in July 2022, according to WKRG.

In September, a student reportedly noticed a difference in the color and imprint on her pill which she told her mother, according to an arrest report obtained by WKRG. The mother reportedly told police that she started noticing changes in her child’s behavior.

Once it was reported, OCSO said that the school resource officer and school employees forced their way into the medicine cabinet and did an audit of what was in there on Oct. 4. OCSO said the audit found at least 110 missing amphetamine/dexmethylphenidate pills from about five students. One of the bottoms had an Aleve pill and another bottle had about seven aspirin pills.

OCSO said that between September and October, two other officials told OCSO that they started getting concerned about their child’s behavioral changes. One of those students’ medication bottles was found to have aspirin in it, which the parent told deputies that their child was not supposed to have aspirin.

The mother of another victim told deputies that they dropped off a bottle of Adderall for her child on Sept. 29, but was forced to take her to the emergency room days later due to her erratic behavior, according to OSCO.

Randall was interviewed by OSCO and allegedly admitted to taking Adderall for herself with a prescription she had, but denied taking the pills. According to an arrest report obtained by WKRG, Randall reportedly was unable to explain to OSCO why the pills were missing or how the pills changed bottles.

OCSO said Crandall was the only one who had access to the key for the medicine cabinet. OCSO said they could not find a prescription for Crandall for Adderall in any law enforcement databases.