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Nursing Aide Jailed For Narcotics Substitution And Abusing An Elderly Resident

CONTACT: Steven J. Monde, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5511

August 2, 2011

A nursing aide formerly employed at The Lodge at Otter Creek was sentenced to three months in jail yesterday based on her convictions for the abuse of an elderly resident of an assisted living facility. Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Robyn Page, age 59, of Brandon, Vermont, pled guilty yesterday to charges of Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult and Obtaining a Regulated Drug by Deceit, a misdemeanor and felony, in Vermont Superior Court for Addison County. The charges stem from Ms. Page’s employment as a Licensed Nursing Assistant at The Lodge, located in Middlebury, Vermont. Ms. Page removed approximately eighteen Oxycodone pills, a narcotic painkiller, from a prescription bottle prescribed to the victim for pain relief. Ms. Page admitted to substituting the missing pills with generic Tylenol, in place of the victim’s Oxycodone. Her actions deprived the elderly resident of his painkiller, causing him unnecessary pain.

As a result of her convictions, Ms. Page received a total sentence of 1 to 3 years. All but 90 days of this sentence was suspended. The court also imposed a three-year probation term with special conditions that will prohibit her from employment providing direct care to vulnerable adults and working in any setting where she would have direct access to narcotics. The defendant will also undergo substance abuse screening and must participate in any counseling that her probation officer directs. Noting that prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem, Attorney General Sorrell stated that “My Office will vigorously investigate cases of this type of drug diversion to ensure that our seniors are protected in care-giving facilities and nursing homes.”

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