On January 22nd of this year, I experienced an extreme adverse reaction to the medication Adderall. This medication had been prescribed to me by my doctor and I was taking it as directed. This medication made me very ill, to the point of experiencing a psychiatric emergency.
My family, out of concern for my well-being, called 911 in an effort to get me to the hospital. Instead of medical personnel, police officers were sent to my home, and I was subsequently arrested. Because I was not well, the charges against me were ultimately dismissed.
Now that I am well, I must emphasize how very deeply I regret any injury I may have caused, however inadvertent it was. As a Southbridge native, and as a member of the Town Council, I have always had great respect for the professionalism, the commitment, and the dedication of the members of the Southbridge Police Department.
As much as I love serving on the Town Council, I have needed to take the last five months away from Council meetings to focus on my health and wellness. I am feeling much better these days, and will be returning to Council service in June 2014 and will serve out the duration of my term. Thank you for your understanding and compassion during this difficult period. I look forward to serving you moving forward.