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Report: Woman posing as nurse steals medication from elderly patient

The nurse reportedly told Officer Laughter that one of their at-home patient’s medications had been swapped- hydrocode pills for Tylenol.
The nurse reportedly told Officer Laughter that one of their at-home patient’s medications had been swapped- hydrocode pills for Tylenol.
Published: May. 26, 2022 at 10:32 AM EDT|Updated: May. 26, 2022 at 12:54 PM EDT
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NEWPORT, Tenn. (WVLT) - A nurse with Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice told Newport police that someone is dressing up as a nurse to steal medication from elderly patients, according to a report from the Newport Police Department.

The incident in question happened on May 16. Officer Lindsey Laughter reported that she had responded to a home on Jaybird Road in reference to a medication theft and spoke to a nurse with Smoky Mountain Home.

The nurse reportedly told Officer Laughter that one of their at-home patient’s medications had been swapped- hydrocodone pills for Tylenol. The patient’s daughter, who is also her caretaker, said she noticed the pills were different than normal after a nurse visited the home on April 13.

WVLT News reached out to the daughter, who said that she had received a call just two hours after the nurse visited, warning to check for identification when caretakers visit homes. The warning came because there had been multiple similar reports of a woman posing as a nurse in order to steal medication.

According to Smoky Mountain Home records, no nurse stopped by the home on that day, the report said. The report described the suspect as a brunette, short-haired woman in her mid-40s who had dressed in white scrubs.

The Newport Police Department is continuing to investigate this case, according to Chief of Police Maurice Shults.

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