The Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia has filed a lawsuit against an Upper Tantallon doctor for allegedly prescribing more than $90,000 worth of narcotics that never actually reached an injured worker.
Dr. Sarah Jones is currently facing criminal charges in connection to an alleged drug trafficking scheme in which she is accused of prescribing 50,000 oxycodone and other pills to one patient who never received them between Jan. 1, 2014, and Aug. 23, 2015.
Jones entered a plea of not guilty on June 8 in Bridgewater provincial court on charges including possession for the purpose of trafficking, theft, breach of trust, drawing a document without authority and fraud.
Board files notice of action
On July 7, the board initiated its own legal action and filed a notice of action against Jones in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.
According to court documents, the board says Jones was the physician to a worker who had suffered a workplace accident in October 2004.
Between Feb. 24, 2010 and Aug. 12, 2015, Jones allegedly wrote 295 prescriptions of oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxycontin and oxyneo in the name of the worker, which she personally had filled at pharmacies but never delivered to the patient.
"The board made these payments based on the belief that the board was required to do so as part of its responsibility to fund the cost of the medications of the worker," the court documents say.
The board is seeking damages totaling $93,274.32 — the amount that was paid out to cover the cost of certain prescriptions for the injured worker under Jones's care.