By Karen Blackledge
The Daily Item
DANVILLE — A former hospital pharmacy technician stole two types of painkillers, more than 1,600 syringes and needles and 176 IV bags worth more than $2,000, according to police.
Jennie L. Dorsett, 29, of Apt. 2 at 39 1/2 Catawissa Ave., Sunbury, worked as a certified pharmacy technician at the in-patient pharmacy on the main campus of Geisinger Medical Center.
A hospital spokeswoman said Friday Dorsett no longer works in the pharmacy.
Mahoning Township Police Cpl. Clay Fahringer charged Dorsett with illegal possession of controlled substances Dilaudid and Fentanyl, both painkillers, theft of the drugs, IV bags, syringes and needles and possession of drug pharaphernalia.
Dorsett waived her right to a preliminary hearing Thursday before Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder. She is free on $25,000 unsecured bail.
Police said she confessed to the theft and possession charges Feb. 13 while be questioned by police in a separate matter. As a result of the confession, Sunbury police applied for a search warrant of her home and found more than 1,600 syringes and needles, 176 IV bags and partly used vials of Fentanyl and Dilaudid, according to the charges.
Dorsett confessed and provided details of when and how she committed the thefts Feb. 24 and March 9 to Mahoning Township police.
Fahringer said Dorsett, who began working at the pharmacy in 2005, started taking partly used 50 ml vials of Fentanyl in April 2009 from the pharmacy. She would inject the drug using syringes and needles, also taken from Geisinger, he said. She also provided the Fentanyl, needles and syringes to her companion, Jeremiah Gallant, police said.
In May 2009, she began taking Dilaudid from the pharmacy to her home where she and Gallant would inject it with this continuing until February, according to the charges.
She would take unused portions from vials of Dilaudid and inject into IV bags and use the bags to take the drug home, police said.