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April 10, 2013

Ex-firefighter blames Adderall for crimes


During his arrest, police found additional fake money, as it fell from the bottom of his pants legs while he was being led through the Middleton police station, according to a police report. They also found partially printed $20 bills along with the computer and printer.

Defense lawyer Neil Hourihan said his client had developed an addiction to the stimulant drug Adderall, a drug most commonly prescribed for children suffering attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

“It dictated every move in his life,” Hourihan said.

Papagikos lost his job as a firefighter last year for failing to maintain his emergency medical technician certificate, the Lynn Item reported in July. He had also been charged with stealing a credit card from a fellow firefighter.

Hourihan said he expects those charges to be resolved within the next month in Lynn District Court.

While on probation, Papagikos will be required to undergo a drug abuse evaluation and any treatment recommended by his probation officer, as well as complete a batterer’s treatment program.

The sentence was the result of a plea agreement accepted by Judge Michael Lauranzano yesterday.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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