Nurse Arrested for Stealing Prescription Pain Medicine from Residents of Assisted Living

A registered nurse who lived and worked at an assisted-living center for the elderly was recently arrested on burglary and elder-abuse charges. Police say the 63-year-old nurse was stealing prescription pain medicine from the elderly residents people she was in charge of caring for and, in at least one case, she replaced the prescription medication with over-the-counter pain reliever.

Police they recovered prescription medication from 28 different individuals, nearly all of whom were patients of the assisted-living facility.
Another employee at the facility said that she was shocked. She also said that the suspect was very well-liked both by the other employees and the residents.  The arrest was made last Wednesday and  she was released from jail after her arraignment on Friday.

According to a facility employee, the woman had worked at the facility for a year and had undergone a thorough background check before being employed by the facility. Police say they believe the woman was not selling the prescription narcotics, but was stealing them for personal use.  Fore 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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