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Authorities: Nursing assistant tried to fill dead patient's prescription

Posted November 21, 2013

— A 34-year-old nursing assistant from Cumberland County has been charged after allegedly trying to fill a prescription of one of her deceased patients, authorities said.

Maria Dawn Locklear, of 125 Drywall Lane, St. Pauls, is charged with attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud/forgery/subterfuge and attempting to traffic opium by possession. 

According to investigators, Locklear was employed as a hospice-registered nursing assistant in Pembroke. On Nov. 11, one of Locklear's patients suffering from colon cancer died. 

Four days later, Locklear attempted to fill the patient's prescription for 60 Oxycontin tablets at a Pembroke pharmacy. Locklear was arrested Sunday after returning to pick up the pills. 

Locklear was released from the Cumberland County jail on a $5,000 secured bond, and she is scheduled to make a first court appearance Thursday at 2 p.m.

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  • henzoo3 Nov 22, 1:36 p.m.

    sandim50 wrote,"Is this a booking photo? Scary! Appears to be "out-of-it" Wonder if she also denies patients meds on rounds and keeps them for herself. If no priors, she will walk or get a minimal slap on the wrist, ordered in to a drug type program. Possible loss of license" And I agree! She may even have exacerbated the patient's death.

  • sunshine1040 Nov 21, 6:23 p.m.

    Sorry but you cannot help a person that does not want help. How many people has she stolen drugs from that she was suppose to be helping? Lock her up

  • grimreaper Nov 21, 4:06 p.m.

    So much for having any security on your private health information...what a joke...HIPPA et all is just cost overhead, nothing more...

  • ttomalee Nov 21, 3:52 p.m.

    I was at the ER several weeks ago with severe pain in my side. I was asked if I wanted anything for the pain. I told them no thanks. I had a big bottle of percocet at home. I do not like the way they make me feel and they do not help with the pain that much. Anyway, left the ER several hours later. I noticed on the paper work they had said they gave me a pain medicine called Delata(?). They had actually never given me anything. I still wonder if an employee of the hospital may have taking it.

  • arfamr1009 Nov 21, 3:37 p.m.

    oxycotin is synthetic heroin...thats why its so addictive. And all our pill mills "urgent care clinics" give it out like candy to the addicted masses. Thanks to big government sleeping with big pharma, TONS of americans are prescribed OBSCENE amounts of this stuff that they then turn around and sell in order to make money and keep the populus dumb and addicted

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Nov 21, 3:37 p.m.

    She should call wake county sheriff Donnie Harrison and Johnson County Representative Leo Daughtry, they both pulled strings in their good ole' boy connections and got Donnie's daughter a sweetheart deal for using high school kids to score her pill fix.

    Based on what this woman done, she needs treatment, not jail time.

  • puzzled Nov 21, 3:09 p.m.

    Whew, drug users seem to support it don't they?

  • puzzled Nov 21, 3:07 p.m.

    Billo - Have you ever been around anyone who takes drugs? Doesn't sound like it.

  • gnewsome1 Nov 21, 2:57 p.m.

    Totally sick.

  • bill0 Nov 21, 2:32 p.m.

    "I don't have the stats, but it's a fact that drug use drives crime. "

    Of course you don't have stats - because your "fact" is actually fiction. There is a correlation, but that doesn't mean one causes the other. People making bad decisions tend to make other bad decisions, but the common denominator is the decision maker, not a particular substance.

    By all means, we should criminalize theft, violence etc. So if a drug addict steals, put them in jail. If a drug addict assaults someone, put them in jail. If a drug addict sits on their couch in a stupor....... recommend a treatment facility. The criminalization of drug use just creates a whole lot of problems ala prohibition and end up costing taxpayers billions.

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