MASSACHUSETTS- Roberta Regan, a 51-year old former nurse has been arraigned for allegedly prescribing thousands of painkillers to friends and family, according to Attorney General Maura Healey
She is charged with six counts of prescribing Oxycodone illegally. During her arraignment, she pled not guilty and was released on her own recognizance.
Massachusetts drug monitoring system reports that Regan wrote 119 prescriptions over the course of one-year, a total of over 10,000 pills. After further investigation, only 12 of those prescriptions were found to be for legitimate patients in the medical center where Regan worked.
The U.S Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigated Regan after she was terminated from her position at MetroWest Medical Center for misusing prescription pads.
"At a time when we're working to combat the opioid epidemic, actions like these threaten that progress and help fuel addiction," according to AG Maura Healey.
The investigation revealed that Regan wrote multiple prescriptions for the painkiller Oxycodone to family and friends who would give her a portion of the prescription for her personal use. This led to addiction problems with many of the people who received the illegal prescriptions. Regan had never examined any of the patients nor had she seen them at the medical office in any medical capacity.
She is due to appear in court on Aug. 4 for a pre-trial conference.