LF nurse charged for taking patients’ pain meds

A 50-year-old Little Falls woman has been charged with two felony counts of theft for allegedly taking pain medications from residents under her care at the Lutheran Care Center.

Patricia Marie Workman worked as a nurse at the facility. In November 2012, two residents allegedly told a Little Falls police officer that said they hadn’t received the pills Workman had claimed on their charts.

The officer spoke with Workman who initially denied taking any medications from patients. The criminal complaint said that later on she admitted she had back pain for a long time, was not receiving sufficient medication from her physician to control the pain and began taking pain medication from her patients to cope with the pain.

Workman allegedly told the officer that she had stolen approximately 10 Lorcet pills from one patient and admitted she had also stolen pain medications from three other patients, including Norco, MS Contin and Oxycodone. Lorcet and Norco are Schedule III narcotic analgesics and the other two are Schedule II narcotics.

The theft occurred between July 2012 and November 2012.

If convicted, Workman faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.