Judge Sentences Former CNA to Prison for Stealing Pain Patches from Elderly

A certified nursing assistant (CNA) was sentenced Monday to a possible 23 month prison sentence and banned for life from the healthcare industry. The former CNA admitted in court to stealing pain medication patches off two elderly residents at the nursing home where she was employed.  The 26-year-old then plead guilty to drug possession and neglect of a care dependent person.

Both residents were prescribed the Fentanyl patches for “chronic, intense pain.”  The CNA admitted to peeling the patches off of the residents skin. She then consumed the gel from the patches to feed her own drug addiction. The thefts were discovered in January and she was fired from the home. In court Monday, she apologized for the crime, but the judge was appalled at the crime saying, "A great deal of the people who come before me have drug problems; there are very, very, very few who have such a cold heart as to take pain medication from elderly people who need it. ”

In addition to jail time, the woman was sentenced to three years of probation and recommended that the state revoke her nursing assistant’s license. He ordered her to have no contact with nursing home and banned her from ever working in health care again. 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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