Fired nurse admits to stealing pain pills from Metro Corrections
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville nurse is speaking out about her decision to steal hydrocodone pills from the city jail. She says it was the worst mistake of her life.
WDRB's Gilbert Corsey found Amber Clapp at her home, trying to reconcile a bad decision.
"I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to do," Clapp said. "I'm afraid I'm going to lose my nursing license. This is [EXPLETIVE] up."
"I just found out that I have degenerative disc disease," she said. "I'm in pain. I have a hard time getting up in the morning. Sometimes I can't walk. Sometimes my husband has to put my shoes on."
The now-former Louisville Metro Corrections nurse admits to taking 150 hydrocodone pills from the jail.
"So I just thought for one stupid second that if I could just take the pain away for one stupid second that I could get up and do my job and everything will be fine," Clapp said.
Jail officials say the drugs had just come into the building. During inventory Thursday, another nurse noticed the hydrocodone was missing and turned Clapp in. By the time investigators got involved, we're told Clapp had already pulled the pills out of the packs and put them in a zip lock bag.
But Clapp is not in jail, because the jail is too overcrowded. At least that's what Louisville Metro Police told Corsey. Instead, the city's Public Integrity Unit handed her a citation with an order to come to court next month.
"People just make bad decisions sometimes," said Lt. Endora Davis of Louisville Metro Corrections.
Jail officials say there are no other recent instances of missing drugs. Clapp turned over every pill: none went to inmates.
"They were going to me," Clapp said.
Clapp tells us she has a prescription and insurance.
"Sometimes it's just not enough," she said. "Sometimes I feel like I'm just dying. Like my back is going to break and my hip is going to come out."
We searched her license. Clapp has been working as nurse in Kentucky since 2007. Her record is spotless.
At least it was.
"I've disappointed my family," she said. "I've disappointed my husband, my child. I just want it to go away."
Clapp did not actually work for the jail. Medical services at Metro Corrections are contracted out to Correct Care Solutions, a private company. The nurse face theft of a controlled substance, among other charges. Officers said they found another jail prescription in her car.
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