Woman accused of taking drug from hospital emergency room
Georgette Nichol Wollin, 39, 821 Chipeta Ave., was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of taking medication from Community Hospital’s emergency room, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.
A person in the emergency room with Wollin told a nurse at the hospital that she saw Wollin take a vial of medication off a counter and put it in her purse, according to an arrest affidavit. Wollin initially denied she took the vial when confronted about the incident, then removed it from her purse, according to the affidavit.
The vial contained Ketamine Hydrochloride, which can be used as a pediatric anesthetic and is a Schedule III controlled substance. The vial contained about $10 worth of medication, according to the affidavit. The medication had been used on a child who had been in the room with Wollin, and the remaining amount had been placed on the counter.
A hospital security guard detained Wollin until a Grand Junction police officer arrived at the emergency room. During a search of Wollin’s car with her consent, the officer found two bottles of medication prescribed to another person. One of the empty bottles had contained Hydrocodone-Acetominophem-Soln. Another empty bottle was labeled Hydrocodone/Apap. Both medications are pain-numbing narcotics.
The officer contacted the person whose name was on at least one of the empty bottles. The person said she gave Wollin one dose of one of the medications for a headache and denied giving her any more than one dose. She said one bottle of her medication went missing around Thanksgiving last year.
Wollin was arrested and booked into Mesa County Jail on suspicion of two counts of unlawful possession of controlled substances, crimes against at-risk adults and at-risk juveniles and two counts of theft of items valued at less than $500.