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Elderly Florida woman takes meth to her doctor for testing


WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — Barbara Lee Ray is being charged on two counts of possession of methamphetamine together with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia after an encounter with her doctor.

The 73-year-old was in possession of meth and took it to her doctor to get tested, according to police reports. She was concerned about the effect the drug would have on her. She also worried the drug would harm her, according to The Miami Herald. Authorities were called to the hospital, and when they spoke to her, she said she had been using the drug for a month, according to police reports. She also showed police a "small clear plastic baggie containing a white crystal-like substance," the report says.

Ray also had an empty prescription bottle with her name written on the prescription label. Contents that were inside the baggie and the container tested positive for meth, the police report says. Ray was sent to the hospital for treatment before being taken into custody by police. She didn't overdose on the drug but appeared to be under the influence of it, according to the police report.

Ray would eventually be released from jail two days after her doctor's visit. The Miami Herald reports it is unknown why Ray was smoking meth or where she received the drugs.

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