Former St. Louis Co. health care worker pleads to selling drugs

Published 10:43am Thursday, January 17, 2013

DULUTH — A former nurse practitioner has pleaded guilty in St. Louis County to selling pain pills.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Jill Karkoska, of Gilbert, admitted writing prescriptions for people and in return they would give her some of the medication. Under the law, the transaction amounts to a sale. Karkoska prescribing more than 11,000 pain pills to people who were not her patients.

Karkoska told investigators she was chemically dependent on pain pills. She worked for Essentia Health System for about nine months before leaving last July.

The St. Louis County Attorney’s Office will recommend five years of probation for Karkoska who has no prior criminal record.