A New Jersey rehab nurse is in some seriously hot water after a string of problems starting with being accused of stealing painkillers from the rehab center she works at (and don’t worry, you would be wrong in thinking that she was a Discovery Institute nurse). This only goes to show just how powerful addictions to painkillers can be, especially when you take into consideration just how much experience she would have had in dealing with and helping those who are themselves addicted to drugs. Her current predicament continues to get worse, however, as she recently also missed her arraignment, which is likely going to have a pretty severe impact on her ultimate judgement.

A licensed practical nurse who once worked for the Rutland Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center is facing a felony charge after police said she took prescription painkillers from the center in December.

Donna M. Campanella, 48, of Hammonton, New Jersey, failed to appear for an arraignment Monday in Rutland criminal court, according to court records.

The court issued an order to send her a judicial summons to appear in court June 4 to be charged with a felony count of prescription fraud.

According to a court affidavit, Campanella admitting to taking the drugs but denied they were for her use.

The Vermont website for the Office of Professional Regulation lists Campanella’s license as being under summary suspension but with a hearing pending.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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