DA charges jail nursing supervisor with theft
September 23, 2016
A San Luis Obispo County Jail nursing supervisor was charged earlier this month with petty theft, being under the influence and possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.
On June 7, Susan Cameron allegedly distracted her coworkers with cake before stealing an inmate’s prescription methadone. A security camera caught Cameron stealing and ingesting the opioid, according to court records.
The next day, Cameron was discovered unresponsive with foam coming from her mouth, at her home in Cayucos. Cameron was given a shot of Narcan, an opioid blocker that can reverse an overdose, and transported to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.
Cameron’s coworkers told a sheriff department investigator of multiple incidents in which Cameron failed to follow drug dispensing protocols and that her behavior was of concern.
“That behavior consisted of rambling, fidgety, pale and diaphoretic (heavy sweating),” according to court records.
Nevertheless, for years department heads had dismissed multiple complaints regarding Cameron’s alleged drug use and behavior.
If convicted on all three charges, Cameron faces a maximum of two years in jail.