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Ex-nurse indicted on 69 drug counts

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

A Pulaski County grand jury has indicted a former nurse on 69 counts of obtaining drugs by fraud between April and May of this year.

Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor said Stephanie Nicole Cressell, 30, of Dublin is a former operating room nurse.

According to court records each count against Cressell accuses her of “unlawfully and feloniously” obtaining the drug Fentanyl “by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, embezzlement or subterfuge, or by the forgery or alteration of a prescription or written order.” Each count is a Class 6 felony carrying a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

According to National Institute on Drug Abuse, Fentanyl is a “powerful synthetic opiate … similar, but more potent than morphine,” that is used to manage severe pain or treat chronic pain in people who are tolerant to opiates.

Court records show the names of three Pulaski County doctors were used to obtain the drugs.

Cressell has been released from custody on a $10,000 unsecured bond. Records show she has a full-time and part-time job. A trial date is to be set in December.

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42 Responses to Ex-nurse indicted on 69 drug counts

  1. Anonymous

    October 31, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Needs to be put under jail.

  2. PC Mom

    November 1, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Under the jail for?

  3. Potestas

    November 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    What our country needs to do is stop wasting tax money and the lives of our officers on this failure of a war against drugs. Since 1971 over 1 Trillion has been spent on the “War on Drugs” and we have the exact same percentage of drug users today as we did then. All this prohibition has done is create a black market and cause other crime associated with drugs. Legalize all drugs and regulate them. That would stop overdoses and eliminate funds for gangs. Then we could spend the money for real rehab for drug users instead of filling our already overcrowded prisons.

    • Anonymous

      November 2, 2013 at 2:21 am

      I am with yhu on this, well said!!!

    • residentbymarriage

      November 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Legalized drugs? Correct me if Im wrong but we do have the methadone clinic here in Pulaski and also in Galax. Drugs are legally provided to those individuals who are seeking to resolve their drug addiction. While that may happen 1% of the time the other 99% are using the legalized drug along with street drugs and or selling their legal drug to buy their street drug. Not to mention alot of these individuals are females who become pregnant while under the clinics care. So how is “legalization” working out so far? Why also arent these individuals in a rehab program as part of their rehabilitation. People are still going to overdose regardless wether its legal or not. Legalizing it and then providing drug rehabs makes no sense.

  4. Savagegirl

    November 2, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Well said I am with yhu on this, thanks for sharing!!!

  5. PMS MOM

    November 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Was she stealing medication that was intended for patients or was she using prescriptions at the pharmacy to obtain this medication. If she was taken away from patients than I do agree with Anonymous, she should be put under the jail. she should spend several years in jail.

    • Anonymous

      November 4, 2013 at 8:18 am

      SHE DID NOT TAKE AWAY FROM THE PATIENT

      • PMS MOM

        November 5, 2013 at 10:12 am

        CHILL OUT!

      • PMS MOM

        November 5, 2013 at 10:16 am

        CHILL OUT! That was a question. no need for cap locks, it is apparent that you either know or are this person, you are very defensive. Theft is THEFT, and if you are thief than you should have to face the consequences I really don’t care what kind of personal issues she was having, we all have them! Simply as that. that is what is wrong with the “community”; everyone wants to feel pity for criminals because they are having a difficult time! It is insane, we all have “difficult” times! With 69 charges against her, than she must of had been having a real bad time!

  6. Anonymous

    November 4, 2013 at 9:42 am

    You are innocent until proven guilty. Since no one knows the whole story here and it hasn’t even went to court, it really isn’t up for everyone to judge half the story.

  7. Concerned

    November 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

    What happened in the area, innocent until proved guilty. Give this young lady a chance. Do you people really think she is the only one in our hospitals doing this. What about all the other people that have just not been caught yet. Leave this young lady alone and let our courts handle this, she is INNOCENT until proven otherwise. Have any of you people never made a MISTAKE???

    • Lola

      November 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      She is not innocent until proven guilty, she is to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Huge difference.

    • PMS MOM

      November 5, 2013 at 10:25 am

      @ concerned, no doubt that this hasn’t been done before. It is so hard to consider someone with 69 counts innocent. This is a public forum and people are entitled to their opinions. I also do not think that anyone on here would try to say that they have never made a mistake either. BUT…I can honestly say that I have never stolen anything, much less medication (which is what she is accused of since she was obtaining under false pretenses). I am truly sorry that your friend (or you) went through such a horrible ordeal that caused her/you to do such a horrible thing, BUT when we have seniors doing without their medication because they are unable to pay for them, things like this should PISS the whole “community” that this happened in off.

  8. Anonymous

    November 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Folks, this lady was stealing prescription drugs. This is a crime. Stealing is a crime. It has nothing to do with legalizing anything. These are legal drugs. A nurse high on any kind of drug has no business treating patients. She also forged doctors’ signatures. People have to begin taking responsibility and punishment for their actions.

    • PMS MOM

      November 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

      AMEN! One thing that I have learned in the County after living here my whole life is this. It really depends on who you or your parents are on which punishment one will receive. It’s obvious that this “nurse” is well liked on this forum, therefore we all ‘need to wait to hear the whole story’. If this was a person from the street who had a drug problem and was obtaining prescriptions under false pretenses, all of these people would be screaming to PUNISH THEM TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW. Double-standards have always been in Pulaski County and they always will be. As I said before A THIEF IS A THIEF regardless of the reasoning behind it.

  9. due process

    November 4, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    she has been indicted. not found guilty!

  10. Concerned

    November 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    question Anonymous, How do you feel about Drs. who treat you that are way higher than any nurse could be. wait til you get the whole story before judging someone else. Give this young lady a FAIR chance. Judge and not be judged.

    • MUST BE A SPECIAL CITIZEN

      November 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

      so Concerned are you saying that we all should be concerned because the surgeons that perform surgeries in this particular operating room are higher than the nurses? So are you saying that she couldn’t handle being around the high physicians therefore she had to get high also? She will be given a FAIR chance in court, but this isn’t court. we are all entitled to our opinions. But 69 counts in less than a month, and you expect everyone to believe that she had reasons, or better yet….they are all way wrong, she didn’t do this.

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