Nursing Home Employee Steals Large Amounts of Narcotics Off Medication Cart

Narcotic possession and theft charges have been filed against a former employee of two nursing homes. The former employee allegedly stole prescription drugs in order to satisfy her addiction.

If convicted on the charges, the 33-year-old female defendant faces a maximum penalty of nearly 8 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.

Administrators from the two nursing homes spoke with law enforcement earlier this year regarding the theft of prescription drugs from their facilities.

The employee allegedly had gone into a cart that contained medications and removed some of its contents even though none of the residents' records showed that she had administered the drugs at that time. When confronted, she allegedly admitted that she had taken three Hydrocodone pills, and she planned on using them on herself to combat back pain. She allegedly said she had been prescribed to take Hydrocodone in the past for back pain, but she began abusing the drug to such an extent that she went into treatment for 4 days last October.

The nursing home reported that a large amount of Hydrocodone had gone missing from the nursing home around that same time.

The other nursing home alerted authorities in May that a Oxycodone pill was missing from their contingency supply. The next day, the employee allegedly admitted to taking the pill and ingesting it after work. The defendant allegedly said she had a tooth problem and had been prescribed a narcotic pain medication; she then became addicted to the drugs and became dependant upon friends and family to acquire more pills. 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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