Nursing Home Nurse Accused of Stealing Hundreds of Dosages of Pain Medication from Elderly

According to a state investigation, a former nurse has been accused of stealing hundreds of painkillers that were intended for more than thirty different nursing home residents. The thefts of the powerful narcotics totaled 764 dosages meant for 34 residents at the facility over just five months.

The nurse was quickly suspended and quit after being confronted by facility officials about why she signed out medication three times in one shift without giving any medication to the resident. The report noted that the stolen painkillers were all from residents with orders to be given the medication on an “as needed” basis.

According to experts, there is a growing problem nationwide of prescription drug abuse. Unfortunately, much of this abuse does occur in the health care setting where the drugs are easily accessible. 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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