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Nurse charged with supporting her Vicodin addiction with forged prescriptions

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A licensed practical nurse who recently lost her job with Samaritan Medical Center admitted to state police Thursday that she has been supporting her dependance upon Vicodin by sending forged prescriptions to two pharmacies.

Heather L. Carr, 28, of 309 Mullin St., was arrested on four charges by state police in an investigation with the state Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement. She was arraigned before LeRay Town Justice George E. Mead III on counts of second-degree forgery, first-degree falsifying business records, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and obtaining a controlled substance by deceptive means. She was released without bail and awaits grand jury action.

In her statement to police, a public document filed in town of LeRay Court, Ms. Carr admitted “I have taken as many as six or eight pills a day. I do feel that I have an addiction to these pills.”

She is no longer employed by the hospital, which had her assigned to the family health clinic, according to her statement. She was fired on May 30 “because I had been late to work several times,” she said. She began work at the hospital in 2006, she said.

She subsequently sold about 80 of the illegally obtained pills for $80, she told police.

Her purchases were at Kinney Drugs, 1304 Washington St., and Rite Aid, 315 Arsenal St.

She was prescribed the medication in 2010 by Dr. Ryan E. Tyler for migrains, shoulder and back pains, according to her confession and the physician’s statement to police. When she got into sending electronic prescription forgeries, she increased quantities and strengths.

“I would go into the E-clinical works system after someone else was logged in,” she said in her statement. “I would go into my name and click on an area that shows all of the prescriptions that I have been prescribed. I then would go to a drop down box that automatically changes the date. Then just add the quantity and refills and print.”

Kinney Drugs provided the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement a transcript listing Vicodin purchases by Ms. Carr from Jan. 1, 2010 to May 25, as well as a surveillance video showing her buying the medication on the night of May 25.

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