Nurse Charged with Stealing Morphine Prescribed to Elderly Nursing Home Patient

A licensed practical nurse is no longer employed by a care facility after being charged with stealing morphine meant for a patient. According to the facility's director, the 31-year-old nurse is now facing charges of unlawfully possessing a controlled drug and abuse of a patient.

The charges against the nurse stem from an incident on May 19 where the nurse allegedly took a quantity of morphine that was prescribed for a patient and retained it for her own use. She instead administered a muscle relaxant as a substitute for morphine. The case was referred to the state attorney general's office by the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, then investigated by The Medicaid Fraud Unit. 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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