Tilton man admits swapping drugs meant for children

A Tilton man has admitted to swapping children’s drugs at a residential facility, injuring two children.Thomas Poirier, 41, of Tilton, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges dating back to December 2020.Poirier was employed at Spaulding Academy and Family Services, a residential facility in Northfield. Prosecutors said an investigation was launched when a nurse discovered a missing Ritalin prescription from a controlled medication cart. Surveillance video shows Poirier inside the medication room, handling the cart. He is accused of taking Ritalin pills for several days and putting an unknown substance in their place. According to the state, about 20 children, including nine under the age of 13, took the pills. Because they did not receive the medication they needed, two of the children suffered severe physical and psychological harm, prosecutors said. Poirier pleaded guilty to two assault charges and one drug charge. He will be sentenced at a later date and prosecutors recommend a sentence of four to eight years in prison. Prosecutors praised Spaulding for acting immediately on the discovery.

A Tilton man has admitted to swapping children’s drugs at a residential facility, injuring two children.

Thomas Poirier, 41, of Tilton, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges dating back to December 2020.

Poirier worked at Spaulding Academy and Family Services, a residential facility in Northfield. Prosecutors said an investigation was launched when a nurse discovered a missing Ritalin prescription from a controlled medication cart.

Surveillance video shows Poirier inside the medication room, handling the cart. He is accused of taking Ritalin pills for several days and putting an unknown substance in their place.

According to the state, about 20 children, including nine under the age of 13, took the pills. Because they did not receive the medication they needed, two of the children suffered severe physical and psychological harm, prosecutors said.

Poirier pleaded guilty to two assault charges and one drug charge. He will be sentenced at a later date and prosecutors recommend a sentence of four to eight years in prison.

Prosecutors praised Spaulding for acting immediately on the discovery.

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