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North Carolina nurse arrested for drug possession

Drug charges often carry serious penalties for those convicted. Depending on the circumstances, someone arrested and charged with drug possession may face fines and prison if a North Carolina court finds him or her guilty. Moreover, certain professions consider drug crimes serious enough to place one's employment in jeopardy, especially if the accused is a licensed professional in the health care industry.

For the past four months, a local rehabilitation center was under investigation because medications had been reported missing. However, police had no leads in the case until recently. Making a routine traffic stop, police approached the car of a woman who worked as a nurse at the rehabilitation center. The officer reported that he saw in plain sight pills in the woman's car. The officer made a connection between the nurse and the pills missing from the rehabilitation center.

The medication included over 24 pain pills and 50 doses of anxiety medication. Police believe the woman stole the pills to sell. Family members of patients and residents in the rehabilitation center expressed disappointment at the lax security regarding their loved ones' medications. Some were outraged that their loved ones did not receive the doses of medicine they needed. The hospital has assured families that they are working to put more secure protocols in place.

Meanwhile, the nurse suspected of taking the medications is facing an uncertain future. Even before a trial, the North Carolina Board of Nursing has revoked her license to practice. In order to move toward the most positive resolution possible, people facing drug possession charges would benefit from the assistance and advocacy of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Source:, "Lincolnton nurse accused of stealing pills from patients to sell them", Dave Faherty, Aug. 3, 2017

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