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Former nurse headed to trial for alleged drug thefts

A Manor Township woman will face further prosecution in Jefferson County on accusations that she illegally obtained drugs from Brookville Hospital’s pharmacy where she was employed.

Tricia J. Haugh, 37, of Tartan Drive, was charged by narcotics agents from the state attorney general’s office with 12 counts of falsifying records, two counts of illegally obtaining Fentanyl and one count of possession of Fentanyl.

She waived her right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Richard Beck in Brookville.

According to investigators, Haugh was a certified registered nurse anesthetist at the hospital where she allegedly took out larger medications from the hospital’s pharmacy than necessary to treat her patients. The drugs included highly-addictive prescription narcotics Diprivan, used as a general anesthetic; Flumazenil, used to counter the effects of anesthetic; and Fentanyl, a narcotic pain reliever.

Court documents say that, in October 2009, Haugh was seen singing and talking to herself and was unable to remain still while working as an anesthetist in the hospital operating room. She declined to take a drug test after being removed from the operating room.

Investigators said a sealed syringe, a full and sealed vial of Diprivan and a full and sealed vial of Flumazenil were found in Haugh’s employee locker. Upon investigation, agents found that between August and October 2009, 12 out of 21 patient records had discrepancies in Fentanyl administration during their procedures.


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