Nurse charged with taking away patients’ painkillers

SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) – A nurse from north Mississippi is charged with taking away patients’ prescription painkillers.

The attorney general’s office says in a news release that 27-year-old Samantha Livingston of Senatobia was booked into the Marshall County jail Friday and released on a $5,000 bond. It was not immediately clear whether she has an attorney.

The news release says a Marshall County grand jury indicted Livingston on two counts of acquiring or obtaining possession of a controlled substance or prescription by misrepresentation or fraud.

The indictment says Livingston was working as licensed practical nurse at a rehabilitation center in Byhalia when she signed out about 40 hydrocodone pills with acetaminophen that had been prescribed to two patients.

If convicted, she faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and $2,000 in fines.

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