Nurse Practitioner Gets 70 Months in Prison for Drug Crimes

1 Min Read Published March 1, 2024
Nurse Practitioner Gets 70 Months in Prison for Drug Crimes

Danielle Simonson, a 52-year-old nurse from Fort Ann, New York, was sentenced to 70 months in prison today for illegally distributing controlled substances outside of professional medical practice. According to the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York, Simonson pleaded guilty to distributing opioids hydrocodone and oxycodone, benzodiazepines (clonazepam, diazepam, and lorazepam), and the stimulants amphetamine (e.g. Adderall) and methylphenidate to friends and acquaintances between 2020 to 2022.

Prescribing Outside Professional Standards

Simonson admitted to distributing these highly addictive controlled substances for no legitimate medical purpose. Her actions went against professional medical standards and ethics that nurses are required to follow. Prosecutors allege that Simonson prescribed oxycodone, an opioid painkiller, as well as methadone and alprazolam, known as Xanax, without properly evaluating patients or their medical needs.

Cracking Down on Illegal Opioid Distribution

Simonson's sentencing is part of a larger crackdown on medical professionals who illegally prescribe opioids and other controlled substances, fueling addiction. Law enforcement agencies have targeted pill mills and negligent doctors and nurses who overprescribe addictive painkillers.

Revocation of Nursing License

As part of her sentencing, Simonson's nursing license has been permanently revoked by the New York State Board of Nursing. She will no longer be allowed to practice as a nurse.

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