August 18 2016
Nurse Arraigned on Illegally Obtaining Opioid Medications
A nurse was arraigned in court on Thursday on allegations she illegally obtained opioid medications from a number of area pharmacies, including one or more in Burlington.
Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan announced in a release that Marjorie Taylor, 29, of Wilmington, was arraigned today in Middlesex Superior Court and charged with 35 counts of uttering a false prescription for a controlled substance in connection with an alleged scheme to fraudulently obtain prescription opioid medications.
The defendant was released on personal recognizance. The next scheduled hearing in this case is September 2, 2016.
“The defendant in this case allegedly used her medical knowledge to write convincing prescriptions for herself and her family members for opioids she would otherwise not be able to obtain,” said District Attorney Ryan. “The defendant allegedly created a complex scheme through which she used multiple pharmacies and prescriptions made out to multiple relatives in an effort to conceal her own procurement of these powerful substances.”
Authorities say that from May of 2015 to August of 2015, the defendant, a registered nurse, is alleged to have used a physician’s prescription pad that did not belong to her to fill 35 forged prescriptions for thousands of painkillers including oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphane and tramadol. The prescription pad was obtained while the defendant was being seen as a patient by a Boston physician and not through her role as a registered nurse. The prescriptions, which were written in the defendants name and the names of relatives of the defendant, were allegedly filled at pharmacies in Burlington, Lowell, Reading, Stoneham, Tewksbury, Wilmington and Woburn.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Graham Van Epps. The case was investigated by the Wilmington police with assistance from the Massachusetts Insurance Fraud Bureau.
Preventing opioid addiction is one of the top priorities of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, the release states. As part of this effort she regularly hosts opioid task force meetings, which bring together law enforcement, healthcare professionals and addiction and recovery specialists to talk about innovative was to address this problem.
District Attorney Ryan also works closely with local law enforcement partners providing them with Narcan training for first responders and the distribution of Drug Collection Units to provide the public with a safe, accessible way to properly dispose of unused or expired medications.