KAYSVILLE — Police arrested a nurse accused of forging prescriptions for pain killers, and police say it is an example that anyone — even people who understand the dangers — are susceptible to abuse and addiction.
Camille Hyatt, 33, was arrested Monday on a warrant after she allegedly attempted to fill a suspicious prescription at a Kaysville Walgreens and several more forged prescriptions were discovered at Layton pharmacies. She has since posted bail.
Hyatt has had an active nursing license since 2000. She told investigators she worked at Primary Children's Medical Center, and used a prescription pad from the hospital to forge the prescriptions for oxycodone and valium. A hospital spokesperson said Hyatt has worked at Primary Children's, but would not confirm whether or not Hyatt was employed there at the time of her arrest.
"It's one of those things that can affect anybody from all walks of life," said Layton Police Depatment Lt. Mark Chatlin.
She wasn't authorized to order the prescriptions, nor were they ever prescribed to her. An arrest warrant says Hyatt called in at least five different prescriptions over the course of five months, from September to February.
The Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Annual Report shows that more than 100 thousand adults and kids were in need of alcohol and drug treatment last year. Funding allowed the public substance abuse treatment system to serve only 17 percent of them.
"There's a lot of stigma that comes with addiction and I think cases like this show us that addiction can occur anywhere," said Liz Sollis, of Utah Department of Human Services of Hyatt's case.
She said prescription drug abuse is the second most-abused substance only after alcohol.