Hospice Nurse Charged With Stealing Morphine From Dying Patients
Jul 10, 2015 11:50AM
● By Bill Gilman
Tewksbury Police Headquarters.
A nurse, working at an assisted care facility in Tewksbury is free on personal recognizance after being charged with stealing pain medication from terminally ill patients.
According to court documents, prosecutors Christine M. Weir, 58, of Peabody, stole morphine prescribed for the hospice patients she was supposed to be caring for at Peregrine Landing, 2580 Main St.
The allegations stem from an investigation that began June 16, when Tewksbury Police were called to Peregrine Landing after receiving a report of drugs being stolen. According to court records, Joanne Keefe, executive director at Peregrine Landing, told a detective that during a meeting with Weir, the nurse admitted she had been stealing morphine from the "medical boxes" of multiple patients. Weir had access to the boxes because of of her responsibilities was administering morphine to patients a few times a week.
Weir turned herself in to Police on Thursday and was transported to Lowell District Court for arraignment on one count of larceny of a drug.
According to court records, Judge Barbara Pearson released Weir on her own recognizance but ordered her not to work in any job where medication is involved.