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June 11, 2014

Nurse quits amid probe into 2 kids’ medicines

— ELYSBURG — A school nurse in the Southern Columbia Area District has resigned amid a police investigation into whether someone in her office tampered with medication dispensed to two students last month.

Southern Columbia Superintendent Paul Caputo confirmed that Lisa Fleishauer quit her job, but Locust Township police Chief Al Breach said in a statement that officers have not identified a suspect.

Two students in early May were given medication that “did not appear to be ‘normal’ when a nurse went to dispense the medication,” Locust Township police said. Investigators are awaiting the results of tests on the medicine.

Police did not specify what was suspicious about the medication. An investigation to determine what happened — and if the tampering was intentional — has begun, police said.

The students’ parents were notified of the problem and all students with medication dispensed through the nurse’s office were told of the situation, police said.

No students “suffered adverse effects,” Caputo said.

Police did not release what type of medication the students were prescribed, but Caputo said it was two separate types of medication.

Police are interviewing those who had access to the medication.

“Once this agency receives the laboratory testing results, any appropriate notifications will be made to parents/guardians of the students involved,” Breach said in his statement.

Caputo said Southern Columbia is reviewing its medication distribution procedures.

“There are some extra security measures now in place,” he said.

 

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