Cheryl Ashcraft of New Eagle, Washington County, PA is a former pharmacy technician at Jefferson Regional Medical discovered a way to steal numerous amounts of strong painkillers that the hospital was using for their patients when they are in pain . She would find medicibes hat looked like oxycontin and took the oxycontin herself give another pill to replace it.
Ashcraft was hooked on oxycontin to the point that sometimes she took 10 pills a day. She took the oxycontin from the hospital drug dispensing unit that was automated from June to October 2012' She was charged with a felony drug count and one misdemeanor counts each of reckless engangerment, theft and drug ossession. She was arrested but released on her own recognizance Friday and she is waiting for her January 30,2013hearing before Pleasant Hills District Judge Pat Acapolupo.
It was estimated that because of Ashcraft, 362 p atients in the hospital did not get the narcotics their doctor prescribed them, instead getting another drug which could have been dangerous by having a bad reaction or they could have died if this mysterious medication,
According to the Attorney Generals office says the painkillers Ashcraft gave in place of the narcotics was Methimazole which is used for iveractive .
On November 14, 2012, the patients got the tbyroid they didn' t name Ashcroft but said she no longer works at the hospital because they fired her and the theft was reported to the DEA, Attorney Generals Office and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health..Half of the packages oxycontin were an antinausea drug for after chemotherapy Ondensetron.
The way this came to life is anastute daughter asked the nurse to see the painkiller. She took a picture of it and looked it up and found out her mother was not getting the proper .
Jefferson Regional Medical have said that to the best of knowledge, nobody died from the wrong medicine, nor the bad side . effects.