Licensed Practical Nurse Nabbed For Stealing Hydrocodone Pills From Nursing Home

A 30-year-old licensed practical nurse was arrested for allegedly stealing hydrocodone pills from the nursing home.

The woman started working at the nursing home roughly six weeks prior to her arrest. To nursing home management she seemed like a good hire at the time. They did a background check and found no red flags, but what they didn't know was that another county's drug task force was monitoring the woman. When she moved from that other county to the local area the drug task force alerted the local sheriff's office. "As a result of information they had provided to us we had her under surveillance," says the sheriff.

Both the police and nursing home officials say no patients missed any doses of medicine as a result of the woman's theft. "We think it was just access she had to the medications," explains the sheriff, "It was an attempt to cover it up by saying it was given to other clients or patients in the nursing home to cover that."

The investigation came to a head when nursing home officials say an undercover officer made contact with the nurse and made arrangements to meet for a drug buy right outside the nursing home. "(Officers) actually witnessed the drug sale of about 11 pills in front of the nursing home," says the sheriff's office.

The nurse is now facing a felony sale of narcotics charge as well as misdemeanors of petit larceny and drug possession. Nursing home officials say they fired her immediately since she was still under her probationary period. The nursing home says this is an isolated incident, they've never had a problem like this before, and patient care is their first priority. The sheriff says his office and the state health department are now doing a thorough review with the nursing home to see if safeguards can be even tighter to prevent this type of thing from happening again. 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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