Nursing Home Employee Admits to Stealing Pain Medications From as Many as 24 Residents

Officials from the state department of health officials say a nursing home employee exploited facility residents by stealing narcotics for the employee's own use. Investigators say the case was reported by the facility to health officials and local police.

The employee stole the medication from a patient who was admitted to the nursing home for rehabilitation following surgery. The patient was prescribed the drug oxycodone for pain management. According to officials, the worker admitted to taking two oxycodone tablets from the patient. The worker also admitted to taking narcotic medication from as many as 12 to 24 residents over a four-month period. The worker was fired, and the nursing home has implemented a new system to prevent drug diversion. 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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