State Fights Continued Licensure of Nurse Who Prescribed 'Colossal' Amounts of Opioids - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Dec 26, 2018

State attorneys say an east Tennessee nurse practitioner who once prescribed a patient 51 pills a day was allowed to keep her nursing license because of a fundamental error by members of a state nursing board, Knoxnews reports. They are challenging the Tennessee Board of Nursing's decision to allow Christina Collins to continue working. Collins admitted to routinely prescribed opioids to patients she didn’t actually examine, and the Tennessee Department of Health argued her prescriptions were “so colossal” their only reasonable use would be trafficking or suicide. In new arguments filed in that case, the attorneys insist the decision should be thrown out because a single board member violated basic rules of evidence by doing her own online research, then used that research to misinform other board members about opioid prescriptions.