Director of Nursing Arrested For Hoarding and Using Residents' Drugs

A nursing home's former Director of Nursing has appeared in court on a second-degree drug sale charge for allegedly possessing pain medications and other controlled substances found in her nursing home office by state officials.

According to the complaint, the nursing home informed the local police department of the theft of narcotics by the woman. Officials from the state Department of Health had conducted the semi-annual state survey, which includes a review of how the care facility is meeting state and federal regulations on drug safety and administration.

During the routine review, the state officials found Fentanyl transdermal patches in the director's desk drawer, in mostly empty boxes of the Schedule II pain medication. The woman allegedly admitted to the administrator of the nursing home that she took the patches. Records show that only four of the 38 patches that should have been in the boxes were found.

A further search of her office revealed other medications and packaging for medications, including patches, tablets and oral solutions, in an end table and in the trash basket under the desk. A review of the facility’s records showed that the medications were documented to specific patients, but were found in the office. For more, read the story.

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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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