Caregiver accused of mishandling patient’s prescription medicine

Barbara Matthews
Courtesy: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A caregiver accused of mishandling a patient’s prescription medication faces charges after an on-going investigation.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began an investigation against Barbara Matthews on June 26 after receiving information that she failed to administer prescription hydrocodone to a patient in her care.

Authorities said Matthews lost the medication due to her failure to adhere to a medication management policy in place by the facility she was working at.

It was also revealed during the investigation that Matthews dispensed an unverified prescription narcotic to the patient to replace the medicine she misplaced.

Matthews was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday for one count of neglect of an impaired adult, one count of felony delivery of a Schedule III narcotic and one count of casual exchange.

Matthews was booked in the Franklin County jail on Wednesday.

She has since been released from jail after posting $5,000 bond.

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