Eagle River nurse practitioner indicted in death of third patient
Jessica Spayd, the 48-year-old Eagle River nurse practitioner charged with illegally prescribing opioids and other narcotics to hundreds of Alaskans, has been indicted for causing a third death.
U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder had announced in a news release on Oct. 9 that Spayd’s actions resulted in the deaths of two people, but an indictment returned by a grand jury and filed on Thursday alleges three deaths resulted from patients taking drugs that Spayd illegally prescribed.
The deaths are listed as occurring between October 2014 and February 2016. All three patients had taken methadone; one had also taken oxycodone and diazepam, according to the indictment.
Law enforcement alleges that Spayd prescribed more than 4 million dosage units of oxycodone, methadone and hydromorphone between 2014 and 2019 to 450 different Alaskans. Some people traveled hundreds of miles from remote communities like Utqiagvik and King Salmon for their prescriptions, according to the Oct. 9 release.
Spayd faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years to life if she’s convicted of the most serious charges against her.
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