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Former nurse who altered her own prescriptions dodges jail time

Provincial Court of Prince Edward Island.
Provincial Court of Prince Edward Island. – File photo

A former registered practical nurse received a suspended sentence for altering her pain prescriptions to get additional pills.

Chief Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr placed Rochelle Helena O’Brien on probation for two years and ordered her to perform 60 hours of community service.

O’Brien, 48, must also pay $200 in victim surcharges and write a letter of apology to the doctors and pharmacy who were innocently involved.

O’Brien pleaded guilty to forging two prescriptions in order to get more Dilaudid and morphine than was prescribed.

The court heard O’Brien stopped working in 2001 due to a number of ongoing health issues, which required pain management.

Her lawyer noted the former nurse was suffering severe pain when she made a very poor decision to alter her prescriptions.

Orr told the woman committing a criminal offence was not the solution to her situation.

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