A former MetroWest Medical Center nurse has appeared in front of a court, on charges of unlawfully prescribing powerful painkillers. She supposedly wrote more than 100 fake prescriptions for family and friends.
Roberta Regan, aged 51, from Dorchester, has appeared in front of the Suffolk Superior Court, on six counts. She was later released and will be subject to random drug test.
Regan was accused of illegaly prescribing Oxycodone, Lorazepam, and Clonazepam in Suffolk, Plymouth and Norfolk Counties. She will resopnd for the remaining charges in Plymouth on August 4th and Norfolk on July 28th.
Roberta Regan pleaded not guilty to the six counts of unlawfully prescribing Oxycodone. Many of her friends and family later developed a level of addiction. These people were not even her patients. She wrote 107 invalid prescriptions and 12 legitimate prescriptions over the course of a year.
In many cases, she would receive some of the pills in exchange for making the fraudulent prescriptions.
Attorney General, Maura Healey announced that Regan had violated her responsibilities and abused her position, by allegedly prescribing painkillers to her friends and family. At a time when there is an opioid epidemic across the country, actions like hers impend progress and increase addiction.
Over time, Roberta Regan prescribed more than 10,000 painkillers. She was also addicted to this type of medicine and a heavy drinker.
Regan was released on condition that she won’t drink or take drugs and would cooperate for random drug tests.
Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid, made from thebaine. It is also found in poppies. It’s a moderately potent analgesic, indicated for pain relief of moderate to severe intensity. The drug has serious side effects like hallucinations, dizziness, headaches, nausea, swelling of the face, throat, and eyes, increased heartbeat or difficulty breathing.
Lorazepam and Clonazepam are two powerful benzodiazepines, normally used for acute seizures or anxiety disorders. They are also used in people with epilepsy. Side effects include impaired movement, trouble sleeping, muscle stiffness, restless feet syndrome and lethargy.
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