Director of Assisted Living Charged with Giving Residents' Medication to Other Patients

According to police, an assisted-living facility director has been charged with criminal drug charges after she gave deceased residents’ medication to the surviving ones. The facility director was charged this week in district court with one count of production of a controlled substance and one count of distribution of a controlled substance, both felonies.

Police visited the facility in October after complaints that the director had been retaining and reusing old medication.The director originally denied the allegations, but later admitted that she and her head nurse had been redistributing the medication to other residents.

Police also discovered that the facility records were falsified to indicate that the medication had been destroyed. The medications given to different residents included narcotic pain medications such as Fentanyl and morphine. The woman, listed as a the facility's executive director, kept the medications locked in her desk drawer. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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