February 24, 2016 10:54 am
Updated: February 24, 2016 5:56 pm

Nova Scotia doctor charged for prescribing 50,000 oxycodone pills to a patient: police

WATCH ABOVE: An Upper Tatallon doctor is facing several charges, including fraud and theft, after police allege the woman prescribed tens of thousands of prescription drugs to one patient who never received them. Steve Silva reports.

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A Nova Scotia doctor is facing numerous charges after police allege she prescribed more than 50,000 oxycodone pills to a patient who did not receive them.

“The amount of medication at issue is very disturbing and serious,” said Dr. Gus Grant, the CEO and Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, over the phone. “I certainly haven’t anything of this type in my time at the college.”

He said a pharmacist in Bridgewater brought concerns to the organization, and the organization then informed police.

Bridgewater police charged Dr. Sarah Dawn Jones, 35, with the following offences after a seven-month investigation:

  • one count of theft
  • two counts of fraud
  • one count of possession of OxyNEO and oxycodone
  • one count of possession of OxyNEO and oxycodone for the purposes of trafficking
  • one count of breach of trust
  • one count of drawing a document without authority

Police say she prescribed the pills over a 12-month period.

“It is a large quantity of prescription narcotics, probably the largest quantity I can recall our members dealing with,” said Bridgewater Police Service Chief John Collyer.

Jones has been released from police custody and is scheduled to appear in Bridgewater court on May 11.

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