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Police Say Nurse Falsified Records to Obtain Narcotics

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Authorities say a Charleston nurse faces charges after falsifying medical records to obtain narcotics.

Charleston police say 62-year-old Elissa F. Smith has been booked on charges including obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation.

Officials say Smith worked as a registered nurse at Charleston Area Medical Center Women and Children’s Hospital. They say on Oct. 25, she falsified medical records and incorrectly wrote that a patient who had just given birth had been administered several doses of OxyContin and Percocet over a period of days.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, she admitted to police to falsifying the records.