Friday, July 25, 2008

Double Trouble: Nurses Gone Wild

It's bad anough having one nurse stealing drugs, but it's even worse when there's two co-workers colluding together:
Det. Scharschmidt says O'Grady knew Hughs' work schedule and the two coordinated the times when O'Grady would go to an area pharmacy to pass a prescription. When the pharmacist would call the medical office to check on the prescription, Hughs would answer the phone, assuring the pharmacist that the prescription was good.

Investigators say Hughs had as many as 30 different aliases she used on the prescriptions to get drugs like Oxycontin, Percocet, Hydrocodone, and Alprazolam.

Parma Heights Police say many of those drugs were then sold on the street.

"One of the females, O'Grady, had had an Oxycontin addiction so some of this was for personal consumption," Said Det. Scharschmidt, "but for the most part they were being sold on the streets and turned into a financial gain for the two of them."

Police estimate that both women obtained 20,000 pills over the course of three or four years, making as much as $200,000.
Scary scenario, indeed.


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