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Nurse accused of diluting meds


PIKEVILLE – A Salyersville woman is facing federal charges, accused of diluting medicine while working as a nurse.

On April 25 a federal grand jury indicted Kelsie Spencer, 24 years old, of Salyersville, charging her with tampering with a consumer product and making a materially false statement to a federal agent.

According to the indictment, on or about November 13, 2018, Spencer allegedly, while working as a nurse in Johnson County, diluted vials of butorphanol tartrate (Stadol), a Schedule IV controlled substance, with saline. 

Then, on November 19, 2018, in Magoffin County, she reportedly told a special agent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that she was not familiar with the AccuDose Rx Station, when she had previously trained on the operation and use of the AccuDose Rx Station while working at Appalachian Regional Healthcare, conducting approximately 1,467 transactions while employed by ARH.

The incidents are believed to have occurred while she worked at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, though she previously had worked at ARH. She is no longer employed by either medical facility.

Spencer was arrested on Wednesday, May 1, and taken to the Pike County Detention Center, where she remains in federal custody at press time.

If found guilty, Spencer is facing 10 years imprisonment on the first charge and 5 years on the second charge, and a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release on each of the charges. 

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Heather Oney

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