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Warrants: Upstate nurse arrested after patient's pain meds went missing

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Natalia Roberts (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention) Natalia Roberts (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention)
INMAN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said a woman who worked at an Upstate nursing home was arrested.

According to arrest warrants, 31-year-old Natalia Roberts is charged with theft of a controlled substance and two counts of violation of drug distribution laws. Roberts is accused of stealing oxycodone from Lake Emory Acute Care in Inman.

DHEC conducted an investigation in June after a spokesperson said they received a complaint regarding missing drugs.

Warrants state that records completed by Roberts indicated a patient had 78 remaining doses of 5 milligram oxycodone, but there should have been 96 tablets. The incident occurred in May.

In June, officers said Roberts documented records for another patient receiving oxycodone and a page was missing from the report.

She was arrested and booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center on July 23 but has since been released on bond.

According to the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Roberts' license as a practical nurse, issued in February 2017, was temporarily suspended.

An administrator for Lake Emory Acute Care declined to comment on the arrest but said patients did not suffer loss in care due to the incidents and the medication was quickly replaced.

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