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Manchester Police Arrest Nursing Supervisor From Toms River For Stealing Prescriptions

Lauren Thom, 32, was arrested when police responded to a medical emergency at Arista Care Assisted Living Facility.

A nursing supervisor at Arista Care Assisted Living Facility was arrested this week and charged with stealing prescription medication, Manchester Police announced on Saturday.

On Thursday night, May 16, at 10:46 p.m., Manchester Police reported to the facility in the Whiting Section of Manchester Township in response to a medical emergency.

During that visit, police were informed that Nursing Supervisor Lauren Thom, 32, of Toms River, was stealing prescription medication for her personal use, police said.

Police conducted an investigation, and found Thom in possession of numerous prescription medications. Thom was charged with five counts of theft and five counts of possession of Controlled Dangerous Substances. Her bail was set at $5,000 with a 10 percent option. Thom posted bail and was released pending a future court date.

ok all of you are assuming the wrong things. I know her and was there that night. She was a supervisor. She wasn't in charge of giving out meds not did she deprive any patient of the meds they rightfully deserve. Yes she stole. Yes it was wrong. Not going to say this is going to make what she did better, but the meds she stole were scheduled to be destroyed from patients that were discharged or meds that were discontinued. Not one was a pain med. not one. Lauren has been dealing with anxiety for years and self medicated with anti-anxiety meds, which is also wrong. From what I know the certain dose wasn't working anymore after being on the anti-anxiety meds foor many many years. She was self medicting by increasing her dose prescibed. Not defending her, but don't assume things when your weren't there. She is an excellent highly skilled nurse, warm hearted and everyone loved her there (famiy, co-workers and patients/patient members). She broke the law and went about treating her anxiety issue the wrong way. I myself have seen her have anxiety and painc attacks. So as Joe L said Ye who is without sin cast the first stone. She is now seeking medical help and psych as well as substance abuse. Never assume after reading a very brief online article. They never once said she stole from the patients who needed them. She stole from the facility of meds scheduled to be destroyed. my prayers and thoughts are with her & her family. & her tox screen came back for only what was prescribed.
bayway mike May 23, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Does she get to keep her RN license??
smoothsailing May 27, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Here are links to medical sites confirming addiction is a disease. Just FYI. It is also common practice to dispose of unused medication when a patient passes, those drugs are not recycled, they are crushed and discarded.You can confirm this with any RN you may meet. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/232841.php http://www.asam.org/for-the-public/definition-of-addiction http://www.enterhealth.com/faqs/why-alcohol-and-drug-a-brain-disease http://www.hopenetworks.org/addiction/addiction%20a%20brain%20disease.htm Making broad reactions without informing your self and drawing conclusions is just plain ignorant. If you are going to basically destroy someone out of your emotional reaction, maybe we should attack the Medical directors that allowed Charles Cullen to assassinate over 40 patients over several years. This is a fact, only he was sentenced to 100 years. I am sure some Directors could be held responsible for there lack of management. http://www.asam.org/for-the-public/definition-of-addiction http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/232841.php .......and twenty years ago science was completely different than today, What was classified then has been re classified because technology and education has improved. How many live do you think have been saved from breast cancer treatments that are available now vs 20 years ago? Autism? CFB? Don't be so quick to execute one's future when you don't know the facts.......
Lauren Thom May 30, 2013 at 11:46 PM
thank you smooth sailing. extremely well said
Debbie S. May 31, 2013 at 02:55 AM
The State of New Jersey Board of Nursing will determine the disposition of Ms. Thom's license.

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