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Franklin County prison nurse facing 75 drug charges

Posted March 15

Watkins, 37, of 33 Duke Valentine Wynne Road in Louisburg, was charged with 25 felony counts each of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, trafficking opiates by possession and trafficking opiates by transport.
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— A Franklin County nurse was arrested and charged Wednesday with 75 drug-related charges.

Authorities said an investigation began after the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office became suspicious of invoices for prescription medication which was ordered for inmates by nurse Tamsey H. Watkins.

Watkins is an employee of Southern Health Partners, which provides contract medical services to correctional facilities, including the Franklin County Detention Center.

An investigation determined that the prescriptions were ordered for inmates who were no longer in the custody of the Franklin County Detention Center.

Watkins, 37, of 33 Duke Valentine Wynne Road in Louisburg, was charged with 25 felony counts each of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, trafficking opiates by possession and trafficking opiates by transport.

Watkins was being held in the Franklin County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond.

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  • Justin Schmidt Mar 16, 11:01 a.m.
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    Okay I've sat idly by for a long time and haven't said anything but enough is enough. Can the people who write these stories please educate themselves? There is a difference between jail and Prison. She was a nurse at the Franklin County Detention Center which is a JAIL. This may seem like a trivial manner but it's constantly being done to include Detention officers being called Prison officers which only serves to hurt the reputation of prison officers. Respect to all the hidden law enforcement out there who work behind the walls of steel and brick.

  • Janet Ghumri Mar 16, 8:37 a.m.
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    My mother had major surgery recently and while discussing her care, i was told that one of the anesthesiologists duties also included the chain of custody for the medications used. I had never thought of it that way. It seems like there's a lot of safety steps put in place to thwart the diversion of meds. It's a sad reality that nurses and doctors can be tempted into risking so much for so little. I would like to think it's not common.

  • Jamie Patrick Mar 16, 7:08 a.m.
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    Nurse Type: LPN Permanent License

    Original Date of Licensure: 10/01/2004

  • Norman Lewis Mar 15, 6:16 p.m.
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    As a Registered Nurse with near 25 years of experience, I find unsettling you do not list the type of "nurse" this person was. Obviously this type of diversion was not going to last long before discovery so this must have been some type of desperate addiction or for financial gain. I am proud of being a Registered Nurse in this state and greatly dislike anyone that smears the trusted reputation of the title Nurse. Give details not just "nurse".