Fairfax Co. nurse charged with stealing prescription drugs from students
The former school nurse at Greenbriar East Elementary School in Fairfax County has been charged, accused of stealing prescription drugs from students.
The former nurse at Greenbriar East Elementary School in Fairfax County, Va., has been charged, accused of stealing prescription drugs from students.
Jennifer Carpenter allegedly stole Adderall and Ritalin, which are stimulants often prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
According to prosecutors, over a period of five months, Carpenter took the students’ pills for herself and then gave the students over-the-counter drugs for them.
“It is a serious breach of trust and safety when something like this happens, and we are committed to acting quickly to ensure our children are protected,” Fairfax County District Attorney Steve Descano said.
Carpenter was employed by the county health department, which said they reported her to police and fired her.
The department said it first learned on May 27 that there was an abnormality in a medication for a student at Greenbriar East Elementary School.
“The health department responded immediately and opened an internal investigation,” according to a statement from the department.
Department officials said they contacted Fairfax County police, notified parents and guardians of the affected students, and placed Carpenter on leave.
Carpenter was then fired on June 15, the department said.
“The parents and their children depended on this person and trusted him to provide the necessary medical care. As always, we will seek accountability and a path forward for victims and their families to heal,” Descano said.
A grand jury indicted Carpenter on 11 counts: two counts of possession of Schedule I or II drugs; one count of obtaining drugs by counterfeiting; one count of adulterated or mislabeled drugs; and seven counts of contributing to the delinquency or abuse of a child.
The charges carry a maximum sentence of 32.5 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
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