Mount Pleasant police say a 30-year-old man admitted to being a drug addict and an alcoholic as reasons for stealing a child’s medication and replacing it with his own.

Ryan Kubera was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Tuesday with one felony count each of second degree recklessly endangering safety, delivery of a Schedule V narcotic and delivery of prescription drug as well as one misdemeanor count each of theft and fraudulently obtaining a prescription. If convicted of all charges, he faces up to 21 years in prison and/or up to $55,500 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called Sunday for a report of suspicious circumstances involving a child’s medication. When officers arrived at the home, the man and woman living there said odd pills were in a child’s prescription bottle so they took the bottle to CVS where pharmacists told the couple the medicine was Lyrica and Ribivarin.

Lyrica is used to treat fibromyalgia, and Ribivarin is an anti-depressent, and police say the side effects of both medications have the potential to be severe, including dizziness, blurred vision, trouble sleeping and difficulty concentrating.

After it was determined that Kubera may have been the perpetrator, officers found him passed out and unable to answer questions, the complaint reads. A woman present at the time told police that Kubera admitted to take the child’s medication. After he woke up, reported to the Mount Pleasant Police Department and also admitted that he knew his medication could cause severe side effects but that he stole the medicine because he’s a drug addict and an alcoholic.

Kubera remains in the Racine County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond. He will next be in court March 30 for his preliminary hearing.

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