By Karen Blackledge
The Daily Item
DANVILLE - A former certified nursing assistant removed Fentanyl from four nursing home residents’ patches, risking injury and causing them pain, according to police.
Mahoning Township Cpl. Clay Fahringer, and Duane Musser, of the state attorney general’s office, charged Charmayne Patrici Maddy, 40, of 176 Mill Road, Selinsgrove, with illegally administering or dispensing the painkiller Fentanyl, possessing Fentanyl, attempted simple assault and theft. Police said the incidents occurred between Feb. 26, 2012, and April 26, 2012, at Grandview Health Homes, 49 Woodbine Lane, and at another care center in Laporte.
On Feb. 18, 2012, Grandview reported a drug diversion when staff found three patients’ Fentanyl patches had been tampered with. Patches were torn open and the drug was removed from the patch.
According to the charges, Maddy had worked as a nursing assistant at Grandview and was dismissed about one year prior to February 2012. About January 2012, Maddy began visiting Grandview residents. At the time, she was employed by Dedicated Nursing Associates and worked at various similar care homes, police said.
Maddy admitted to removing the patches and reaffixing them to patients, knowing she wasn’t licensed to do so, police said.
Police said Maddy tampered with a patch on Feb. 16, 2012, and with two residents’ patches on Feb. 18, 2012.
According to the charges, a similar incident occurred at Highland Care Center in Laporte on April 27. Maddy was assigned there April 26 and a Fentanyl patch was tampered with in a manner similar to the Grandview incidents, police said.
Musser interviewed a licensed practical nurse, also employed by DNA, who found the tampered patch. Musser turned the patch over to Fahringer on May 15.
A report from the state police laboratory, dated July 3, indicated all four patches had a tear on the sticky side and the tears were similar in nature, according to the charges.
When interviewed the first time on March 2, Maddy told Fahringer she would visit Grandview residents when she was working in the area. She admitted to removing a patch, cleaning the site and then reapplying a patch on residents. She denied ever taking Fentanyl from patches, police said.
From Maddy’s work schedule, Fahringer found Maddy had worked at a care home near Harrisburg Feb. 16 and 18.
When confronted with that information during a second interview April 18, Maddy became upset and refused to cooperate with further questioning, police said.