The Pryor Times

November 7, 2013

Nurse’s aid accused of stealing meds

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — A nurse’s aid at a Chouteau nursing home has been charged with stealing medication from a resident.

Ashley Courson, a resident of Chouteau and employee of Meadowbrook Nursing Home, is charged with a felony count of larceny of a controlled dangerous substance, hydrocodone, and destroying evidence.

Chouteau Police Department's Assistant Chief Michael Reese said that as a nurse’s aid, Courson was in charge of dispensing medication to residents.

One resident began complaining of pain, so another nurse’s aid went to retrieve her medication and saw a discrepancy between the pill count and the number in the log.

“Courson removed the count sheet from the log, but according to the count on the log sheet before her shift, they estimate she stole about 15 pills,” said Reese.

Allegedly, after pocketing the contents of the prescription bottle, Courson threw it away and took the trash to the dumpster, according to Reese. The nursing home administrator reviewed video surveillance of the medication carts and and connected Courson to the incident. Meadowbrook suspended Courson during the course of the investigation and Reese brought her into the police department for questioning.

Courson was taken to the Mayes County Jail, where she was held until posting bond.

Her case was continued until Dec. 5 for the preliminary hearing sounding docket.

Reese says Courson has no prior record.