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Former Tenn. EMT indicted for stealing drugs from ambulance

The EMT failed a drug test after an unspecified amount of Demerol went missing from an ambulance

The Knoxville News-Sentinel

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A former Grainger County EMT has been indicted for allegedly stealing a prescription painkiller from an ambulance.

Joshua Paul Valentine, 33, of Newport, Tenn., turned himself in at the Grainger County Detention Center on Tuesday afternoon, after being indicted May 12 on one count of prescription fraud, and one count of theft under $500, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Valentine was released after posting $2,500 bond.

The TBI launched an investigation into Valentine at the request of District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn in September 2013. Earlier the same month, Valentine, an EMT with the Grainger County Ambulance Authority, failed a drug test the authority administered after an unspecified amount of Demerol went missing from an ambulance.

More details as they develop online and in Wednesday's News Sentinel.


(c)2014 the Knoxville News-Sentinel (Knoxville, Tenn.)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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Jason Smart Jason Smart Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11:36:28 AM Why is it that doctors and nurses can steal and abuse drugs but still keep their licenses and jobs while completing a "rehab" program, but never a medic?!
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Wednesday, May 21, 2014 2:40:16 PM Misinformed much? This article says ZERO about the medic's license being taken away. Doctors and nurses who keep their licenses turned themselves in and risk the ability to practice since narcotics are a part of their daily duties. Those who fail to comply with what is offered has their license revoked. Look up the BON for any state and see how harsh it is on nurses. The disciplinary actions for Paramedics are next to nil and with sovereign immunity and the extension of the Good Sam law, Paramedics can legally kill someone and not fear being disciplined or legal action. In a situation like this all the Paramedic has to do is play the hero card and get off with a slap on the wrist.
Jen Turner Jen Turner Wednesday, May 21, 2014 6:50:39 PM I didn't even know anyone even gave demerol anymore. I have never seen anyone with a prescription of it or heard of an ambulance company having it as an option.

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