Haverhill Nurse Pleads Guilty to Tampering With Hospice Patient’s Morphine

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A licensed practical nurse from Haverhill pleaded guilty Monday in a Boston federal court to tampering with a hospice patient’s morphine and faces up to 10 years in prison for the crime.

Lauren Perrin, 47, entered her plea on one count of tampering with a consumer product—the Schedule II controlled substance morphine—before U.S. District Court Senior Judge Mark L. Wolf and will be sentenced on Dec. 4.

As WHAV previously reported, Perrin worked at Amesbury’s Maplewood Care and Rehabilitation Center when she tampered with three morphine bottles prescribed to a hospice patient by replacing extracted medication with another liquid. In the process, she lowered the potency of the medication to between four to 29 percent of the intended potency. It is not clear when the incident took place.

If convicted, Perrin faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine that could be as high as $250,000.

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