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Aide Charged With Narcotics Substitution And Abusing A 93 Year Old Nursing Home Resident

CONTACT: Linda A. Purdy, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5332

June 15, 2010

In connection with an incident involving a 93 year old resident of Victorian House, a Level III residential care facility housed at Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community, Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Keri Greenwood , age 25, of Claremont , New Hampshire, was arraigned today in Vermont District Court for Windsor County on charges of Obtaining a Regulated Drug by Deceit, a felony, and Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult, a misdemeanor. If convicted of both charges, she faces potential penalties totaling three years and one day imprisonment and $6,000.00 in fines.

The charges stem from Ms. Greenwood’s employment as a Resident Assistant at Victorian House in Windsor, Vermont. According to papers filed in Court, Ms. Greenwood is alleged to have removed fourteen Oxycodone pills, a narcotic painkiller, from a medication pack prescribed to a 93 year old resident for pain relief. Ms. Greenwood is alleged to have accomplished this by substituting the missing pills with a potentially dangerous antipsychotic drug, Risperdone, in place of the resident’s Oxycodone. Her actions deprived the elderly resident of her painkiller and may have caused unnecessary suffering while also potentially putting the resident at grave risk by exposing her to a powerful antipsychotic drug which she was not prescribed.

Ms. Greenwood pleaded innocent to the charges and was released on standard conditions plus special conditions that she not provide direct patient care to vulnerable adults or work in a setting where she would have direct access to narcotics. The Court also ordered her not to buy, possess, or use regulated drugs without a valid prescription.

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