PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - An Eastern Kentucky nurse is facing charges after she allegedly tampered with a narcotic pain reliever.
According to court documents, Kelsie Spencer was indicted in United States District Court in Pikeville on April 25.
Spencer is accused of tampering with butorphanol tartrate, a narcotic pain reliever also known as Stadol. She allegedly diluted the narcotic with saline.
Court documents state Spencer did this "with reckless disregard for the risk that another person would be placed in danger of death or bodily injury." This happened between November 13 and 14, 2018 in Johnson County.
Spencer is also accused of lying to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration special agent on November 19, 2018.
Authorities said she told them she was not familiar with the AccuDose Rx Station, when she had actually been trained on the station while working at Appalachian Regional Healthcare. According to court documents, Spencer used the station 1,467 times while working at ARH.
The nurse could face up to a 10-year sentence and a $250,000 fine for the tampering charge and up to a five-year sentence and a $250,000 fine for the charge of lying to a USDA special agent.