Former Mass. EMT accused of fentanyl tampering, replacing drug with saline

Candice Mangan has been charged with tampering with a consumer product


Jackson Cote
masslive.com

NEEDHAM, Mass. — A former paramedic in Massachusetts is accused of tampering with fentanyl by replacing vials of the liquid version of the opioid with saline at the ambulance company she worked for, authorities announced Friday.

Candice Mangan, the former licensed emergency medical technician paramedic, has been charged with tampering with a consumer product. The 41-year-old Medford woman is expected to appear in federal court in Boston at a later date, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

From around March 2020 to early October 2020, prosecutors say, Mangan worked part-time as an EMT for an ambulance service company in Massachusetts.

While working in Needham on or around Sept. 30, 2020, authorities claim, Mangan tampered with three fentanyl citrate vials by removing the drug and replacing it with saline. The liquid that remained contained only roughly 4.4%, 6.8% and 24.2% of the declared concentration of the opioid, according to the statement.

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