Nurse to plead guilty to illegal Suboxone distribution at DOC-run facility in Plymouth
A nurse will plead guilty to federal charges that she unlawfully distributed Suboxone at a state-run drug treatment facility in Plymouth while working there as a contractor, records show.
In a court filing Monday, Julie A. Inglis-Somers, 39, of Kingston, signaled her intention to admit guilt in US District Court in Boston. She’s charged with two counts of distribution of Suboxone, a medication used to treat heroin addiction that also can be abused.
Her public defender didn’t immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.
At the time of Inglis-Somers’s arrest last December, US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling’s office said she allegedly distributed Suboxone strips to inmates who weren’t prescribed the medication at the Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center, where she worked.
Lelling’s office at the time described Suboxone as medication for heroin addicts that’s sometimes “misused to get high” and “a coveted contraband in prisons across the nation.”
A Department of Correction spokesman said in December that Inglis-Somers “was employed through our medical contract vendor Wellpath, formerly known as Correct Care Solutions.”
Wellpath, based in Nashville, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
Lelling’s office said in December that the Plymouth facility is one of five Massachusetts treatment centers that “a state court judge can send a person who the judge has determined to be a danger to self or others due to substance abuse. MASAC is the only such facility overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.”
State records show that Inglis-Somers has been a licensed practical nurse in Massachusetts since 2008, and her license was last renewed in November 2017. Her current license is set to expire in November 2019.
An online state Health and Human Services database listed her license status as “current” on Monday.
“Currently there is no disciplinary information regarding this license,” her database entry said.
The DOC website describes the Plymouth center where Inglis-Somers worked as “a truly unique Department of Correction facility. The facility houses 2 very distinct populations: criminally sentenced, minimum-security, male inmates and civilly committed males participating in an up to 90-day detoxification program.”
The site also notes that all vehicles are “subject to search and must be locked while unattended.”