Mollie Eddings, former Trinity nurse, charged with stealing and injecting opiates

Mollie C. Eddings, 40, Alamogordo, N.M., is charged with stealing the schedule II narcotic Dilaudid in March 2016 while she was working as a traveling nurse at Trinity Health.

Eddings now works as a middle school math teacher in New Mexico, based on statements made by her lawyer in district court in Minot on Monday.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Eddings is charged with Class C felony theft of property. On March 7, 2016, a hospital administrator noted that Eddings had showed up for work dressed in her hospital scrubs even though she was not scheduled for work. Eddings was seen at a Pyxis medication dispensary station and dispensed two syringes of Dilaudid for a patient who was being taken care of by another nurse. No one had asked Eddings to get the medication. Two other people located Eddings in the locker room and Eddings admitted that she had injected herself with the medication. Eddings later acknowledged that she had been taking the medication for the past few weeks. She said she didn’t take it when she was on duty but when she was going on. Eddings was drug tested and tested positive for opiates. Eddings also appeared sleepy, had glassy eyes, and had slow speech. Eddings had not been authorized to take the medication and had not paid for it.

Judge Richard Hagar gave permission for Eddings to leave the state but said she must return for scheduled court appearances.

Court records show that the C felony theft charge was filed against Eddings on Feb. 2, 2017, but she did not make a court appearance on the matter until Monday.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Aug. 15 in district court.