A nurse was indicted July 8 on 18 felony counts and reportedly admitted to stealing liquid morphine from Court House Manor on North Glenn Avenue in Washington Court House.
Brooke Lewis, 40, of Columbus, is charged with five counts of tampering with drugs, 12 counts of theft of drugs, and aggravated possession of drugs.
Lewis wrote a four-page statement to the Ohio State Board of Health describing the thefts, which began in November 2015 and continued into February of 2016.
In the statement, Lewis said she grew up with an abusive, alcoholic mother and when she was given emergency custody of her little brother, she got a prescription for Xanax for her stress. Lewis said her husband divorced her, she was homeless, and began dating a man in Washington C.H. who she said she later found out had a heroin problem.
She said she started using heroin due to her overwhelming depression and anxiety, and her boyfriend pressured and manipulated her to get narcotics from Court House Manor so that he could sell them on the street.
Lewis said she documented on paper that she gave patients their recommended dose of pain medicine, but she said if the patient didn’t ask for it, then she would steal it. She said she always gave the pain medicine to the patients who asked for it and said they needed it.
Employees reported finding unopened bottles of liquid morphine in the narcotics drawer with needle punctures in them. Lewis admitted that she would use a syringe or needle to extract the liquid morphine from the bottles.
Lewis will appear in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Sept. 26 for a final pretrial hearing.
Reach Ashley at the Record-Herald (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @ashbunton