A Dolgeville woman was one of two nurses arrested in Watertown after allegedly dispensing medications without a doctor’s order, state police said.
Dawn Harrison, 46, of 97 S. Main St., is charged with felony first-degree falsifying business records, misdemeanor seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor under state public health law for improperly dispensing a controlled substance, police said.
The second nurse, Health Graham, 41, of Ithaca, faces two counts of felony fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of felony falsifying business records and one count of the same public health misdemeanor, police said.
Both women were working as travel nurses in the emergency department at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown at the time the incidents allegedly occurred.
Graham is accused of dispensing drugs without a physician’s order on two separate occasions between April 16 and May 10, while Harrison is accused of doing so on separate occasions between May 1 and 8, police said.
Graham allegedly dispensed Dilaudid from a PYXIS automated dispensing unit without a lawful physician’s order. The aggregate weight of the dispensed narcotics was .337 ounces and .27 ounces, police said. Harrison allegedly dispensed Dilaudid, Norco and Tylenol with codeine from a PYXIS unit without a lawful physician’s order. The aggregate weight of dispensed narcotics was less than eighth of an ounce, police said.
Both were arraigned in Adams Village Court and were sent to Jefferson County jail in lieu of $1,000 bail each, pending grand jury action, police said.
The state Department of Health assisted with the investigation.