Registered nurse at Massena Memorial Hospital charged with stealing narcotics
RAYMONDVILLE – A registered nurse at Massena Memorial Hospital faces charges after she allegedly made several unlawful narcotic withdrawals.
On March 6, 2018, state police responded to a report of theft at the Massena Memorial Hospital. An investigation, which was initiated by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, revealed that a registered nurse employed at the hospital made several unlawful medication withdrawals between Jan. 1 and Feb. 13, troopers said.Helen E. Lapage, 51, allegedly made several withdrawals of hydrocodone pills and oxycodone pills from the Automatic Dispensing System (ADS) medication system at Massena Memorial Hospital, troopers said.
“She engaged in an ongoing unauthorized course of conduct to divert the controlled substances by accessing the ADS system and unlawfully utilized patient information without a valid physician order,” troopers said.
Lapage was arrested and charged with computer trespass, falsifying business records first-degree, fraud and deceit related to controlled substances and a violation of prohibited acts under the Public Health Law. Lapage was released with appearance tickets returnable in the Massena Village Court on March 13 at 1:30 p.m., troopers said.