Investigators say hospice nurse stole dying patient's drugs

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Authorities charged a local hospice nurse Wednesday based on accusations she stole powerful pain medication from a dying cancer patient and investigators say they discovered a suspected methamphetamine lab when they showed up at her Ashley home to arrest her.

39-year-old Andrea Gosiewski and her fiancé live there.

She was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Paul Roberts and, unable to post $100,000 bail, remains jailed at Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

Lehman observed a bag labeled "Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)" - and prescribed to a person described in court papers as "Patient 1" for reasons of patient confidentiality - on Gosiewski's lap, as well as one used hypodermic syringe and one sealed hypodermic syringe on the floor of the driver's seat.

Police say she falsified medical records and stole the drug from a patient at least five times for personal use. Charges for the suspected meth lab are pending the result of the investigation, authorities said.

Efforts to reach representatives from Erwine Home Health Care were not immediately successful.

Gosiewski has been a registered nurse in Pennsylvania since December 2003, according to records from the Pennsylvania Department of State.

An agent with the state Office of Attorney General said one man was arrested at the house on Wednesday, but his name would not be released until he was formally charged.

"In her belief, there is no medicine that will "save" him", investigators wrote in the criminal complaint.

Officers say she told them she took the medication because she has neck and back pain and didn't believe there was anything that could "save" the patient.