Monday, August 31, 2015

Kevin DeMenna Top Arizona lobbyist Admits Drug Use

Top Arizona lobbyist Kevin DeMenna admits to drug addiction after 2014 arrest but he denies using his position to influence the case.
 Kevin DeMenna

Kevin DeMenna says he was addicted to prescription drugs when he was pulled over on a traffic stop last year. Critics say the way DeMenna's case was handled raises eyebrows.
Arizona lobbyist Kevin DeMenna admits drug addiction following arrest Top Arizona lobbyist Kevin DeMenna admits to drug addiction after 2014 arrest but he denies using his position to influence the case.
Kevin DeMenna, whose firm has represented interests ranging from health care to contracting to tourism, was allowed to plead guilty in May to a misdemeanor DUI offense after a police pursuit along Interstate 10 led to his October arrest. 

DeMenna acknowledged in a recent interview with The Arizona Republic that he had been addicted to prescription drugs — a problem he said he had  for years. DeMenna said he took morphine to suppress pain from old rodeo and other sports injuries he sustained in high school and college. He smoked marijuana to stave off nausea brought on by the narcotics, he said. “The fact that I was stopped is because I was impaired, and I think I was at the time,” DeMenna told The Republic in an interview this month. “It hasn’t happened again. It will never happen again.” DeMenna, 55, said his arrest and conviction prompted him to confront his addiction and to stop taking prescription narcotics cold turkey.Read more at The Arizona Republic.

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