REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Bitter pill to swallow in Huron

For Huron firefighter Matt Meyer and Huron police officer Nate Orzech, the fallout resulting from an exchange of a nitroglycerin tab
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

For Huron firefighter Matt Meyer and Huron police officer Nate Orzech, the fallout resulting from an exchange of a nitroglycerin tablet has become a health screening scandal.

Orzech, concerned he would be unable to pass a blood pressure screening, accepted from Meyer the offer of a controlled substance which would temporarily lower his blood pressure.

Why did this turn into a big deal? Here’s why.

-- Orzech claimed he didn’t know nitroglycerin is a controlled substance, nor did he know the legal consequences of possessing the pill. He’s an 8-year veteran of the force. Seems like he ought to know these things by now. Either he’s woefully ignorant of the laws he is supposed to enforce or he’s not being exactly honest.

n Meyer distributed drugs irresponsibly, to help Orzech fraudulently qualify for a “wellness” credit under the city’s health benefits plan. Not only is Meyer not qualified to dispense nitro in a less than emergency situation, but the pills are city property.

-- Investigator Robert W. Schultz, former Administrative Services Director for Sandusky, found a number of violations of city policies