Levi Johnston’s mother was arrested in Wasilla, Alaska the week before Christmas on multiple felony drug charges involving the controlled prescription medication Oxycontin. Reports came out after the arrest that the investigation was purposely delayed due to the US election. Johnston is the mother of Levi Johnston, who is the fiance of former VP candidate Sarah Palins’ daughter, Bristol. 18 year-old Bristol welcomed her first baby, a son named Tripp, on December 18.
Sherry Johnston, 42, pleaded not guilty to the drug charges this Monday. She also made a statement to People Magazine in her defense. Johnston explained that she had a hysterectomy eight years ago and seven subsequent surgeries and that she uses the opiate to deal with the constant pain. She didn’t explain how she was caught dealing it, except to say that the public has the wrong idea:
Speaking for the first time since her Dec. 18 arrest on charges of selling OxyContin, Sherry Johnston – whose son, Levi fathered a son with Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, last month – tells PEOPLE she got hooked on the prescription opiate after a hysterectomy eight years ago, which led to seven additional surgeries.
“I was in pain, and I’m still in pain,” she says.
Johnston, 42, pleaded not guilty at a Jan. 5 arraignment in Palmer, Alaska. “I have been trying for years to deal with the pain,” she says. “I have a medical pump inside me. I’d rather not comment any more but it’s not everything that they’re saying.”
Johnston said has been under a doctor’s care and that she was prescribed OxyContin as a painkiller. Still, the hysterectomy and the subsequent complications forced her to give up her career as a hairstylist because she couldn’t comfortably stay upright. “I am disabled,” she says.
I did some half-assed google research and the implanted medical pump Johnston is referring to might be used to deliver local anesthetic to the pain site. That sounds like a horrible way to live for nearly a decade. Opiates should be a short term solution to pain and not something you rely on for years as that can prolong the problem and cause its own issues. Withdrawl from Oxycontin is difficult to say the least and can make the pain more intense, leading sufferers to go back to the drug. It’s awful to suffer chronic pain and it’s a huge trade off to go on an opiate for relief, only to end up addicted. Many people are hurting so badly that they don’t feel they have any other options.
If it’s true that Sherry Johnston was selling a controlled substance to friends it’s illegal and there’s no excuse. Maybe she thinks it’s justified or something because she couldn’t work.
Sherry’s son Levi Johnston, 18, recently quit his job as an electrician’s apprentice on an oil rig when reporters questioned whether he was qualified for the position. Johnston is a high school drop out and regulations require that all electrician apprentices hold high school diplomas.
Sherry has one bright spot amid all the scandal in her family. She says she’s “very excited” about her newborn grandson, Tripp, and that he “looks just like Levi.”