Trending: Narcotics theft
What makes these recent cases even more worrisome is the fact that to satisfy their addiction, these medics put patients' safety at risk
Management of patient's pain is an important treatment medics provide. But some caregivers, unfortunately, abuse the trust put into them to carry and distribute narcotics. In the past few weeks we have had several stories about drug diversion. From a paramedic administering unneeded painkillers to patients so she could keep the rest, to a paramedic stealing Fentanyl and replacing it with an unknown liquid. What makes these recent cases even more worrisome is the fact that to satisfy their addiction, these medics put patients' safety at risk.
Here are the stories:
A 29-year-old Florida paramedic was accused of stealing drugs for his own personal use and was charged with seven counts each of grand theft and possession of a controlled substance.
A 20-year-old EMT and a security guard were caught on camera stealing the pills from a locked cabinet of an Isle of Capri Casino Hotel in Missouri.
A co-worker alerted management that the medic was administering Dilaudid to patients that didn't need it. The paramedic admitted to diverting the drug for six months.
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