Trial postponed for nurse in drug theft

Carrie C. Daudt is accused of diverting narcotics.

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WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a registered nurse accused of stealing liquid narcotics from Providence St. Mary Medical Center last year for her own use.

Carrie C. Daudt, 51, of 1237 Beet Road, now is scheduled for trial Feb. 20 on charges of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act -- possession of hydromorphone and third-degree theft.

Her trial initially was slated for Dec. 19.

Daudt, who was working night shift in Providence St. Mary's Intensive Care Unit, is accused of diverting the hydromophone -- a narcotic pain reliever in the form of liquid Dilaudid -- starting around January 2011 until about May. The hospital reported it to police June 10 after a patient in ICU complained about not receiving pain medication prescribed by a doctor, according to a police report filed in court.

An internal hospital audit revealed several controlled substances were missing or otherwise unaccounted for and, when confronted, Daudt admitted to the ICU director that she had diverted missing narcotics, the police report says.

In an interview with police June 21, Daudt allegedly said she took from zero to six vials a week. She said she never used the drug at work, but would inject herself at home.

Daudt reportedly said in a subsequent police interview in June that she didn't take any other medications. "Prior to leaving (the interview) Daudt said that that was a bad time in her life and she is now seeking help," according to the police report.

Daudt, who was hired by Providence St. Mary in 2005, was placed on leave without pay when the alleged thefts came to light, but was terminated when her leave expired, according to hospital spokeswoman Kathleen Obenland.

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