Friday, August 2, 2013

Times-News: St. Luke's Nurse Accused of Self-Prescribing Pain Meds

Posted By on Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

A nurse at the Twin Falls location of St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute is facing criminal charges after police said she self-prescribed pain pills for nearly two years, forging a doctor's signature.

Rebecca Haskins, 46, faces six counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that Haskins was caught after a refill request for hydrocodone-acetaminophen came into the MSTI Twin Falls location, but the prescribing doctor said he never wrote the prescription. When the doctor contacted the pharmacy, he learned that Haskins had obtained the drug 21 times, with the doctor as the listed prescriber. When confronted by MSTI Director Melissa Fenderson, Haskins initially claimed the pharmacy had made a mistake with the prescription. Shown evidence proving she had received the pills without the doctor's consent, Haskins confessed.

According to police, Haskins said she had been prescribed the medication after a shoulder injury but became addicted.

A preliminary hearing in Twin Falls County District Court is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 12.

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