Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office responded to Genesis Healthcare for a possible intoxicated employee.
According to authorities, the employee was identified as Melissa C. Howard of Scottsville, who is also a licensed Practical Nurse at Genesis Healthcare.
A patch of Fentanyl was found in Howard’s pocket, and she was found chewing on a Fentanyl patch when authorities arrived.
Two other fentanyl patches were found in Howard’s possession, and according to authorities, they were all stolen from patients.
Howard was arrested and charged with 3 counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition—Controlled Substance (U/$10,000); Possession Controlled Substance, 1st Degree/1st Offense—Opiates; Public Intoxication—Controlled Substance and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
She was taken to the Hart County Jail.
The investigation is ongoing by the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office.