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Nurse charged with diluting morphine seeks plea change

May 20, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts nurse charged with diluting morphine dosages for an elderly hospice patient wants to change her plea.

The Eagle-Tribune reports that the attorney for 47-year-old Lauren Perrin, of Haverhill, requested a plea change hearing in federal court.

Authorities say Perrin diluted the morphine prescribed for an 88-year-old hospice patient in November 2017.

Prosecutors say the patient in Perrin’s care at Maplewood Care and Rehabilitation Center in Amesbury was diagnosed with dementia, frequent seizures, a leg fracture and shingles. She’s charged with diluting the morphine to 19% to 29% of its prescribed strength.

The patient received diluted morphine dosages until her death.

Perrin pleaded not guilty in federal court in March to tampering with morphine.

She faces up to 10 years in prison.

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Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com

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