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Drug suspect's charges dropped

Prosecutors will not pursue charges against a Clearwater man accused of providing his prescription drugs to a teenager who had a headache.

Clearwater police arrested Douglas Callahan, 58, last month on charges of aggravated child abuse and distribution of a controlled substance.

Police initially said Callahan and his wife, Nancy Callahan, 46, had provided morphine, Xanax and methadone to a 16-year-old boy. They provided the drugs because the boy complained of a headache, police said.

The teen suffered an overdose and spent five days in the hospital.

Though Douglas Callahan knew the drugs were being given to the teen, he did not actually provide them to the boy, Bruce Bartlett, the chief assistant state attorney, said Monday.

However, Bartlett said police officers had reasonable suspicion to arrest Douglas Callahan.

"I think they had enough probable cause to arrest the guy," Bartlett said. "I just don't think the case had any jury appeal. He's got some culpability here."

Prosecutors did file a charge of distribution of a controlled substance against Nancy Callahan. She has pleaded not guilty to the charge, though a change-of-plea hearing is set for Nov. 12. She is being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

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