The Minnesota Department of Health has just reported yet another nursing home employee who stole patients’ Fentanyl narcotic pain patches. The multiple residents are patients at the Cook County Northshore Care Center in Grand Marais. According to the report, the nursing home’s administrative staff knew that the Fentanyl pain medication was missing off of residents for several weeks. The employee has been charged by law enforcement for several felony violations related to controlled substances.
The frequent news of care providers stealing pain mediations is an alarming trend. Check out our recent blog posts:
Caregivers Stealing Patients’ Pain Medication in Minnesota
Medication Error Kills Nursing Home Resident in Alexandria, Minnesota
Minnesota Woman Convicted of Stealing Painkillers from Patients
California Nurse’s Assistant Charged with Medication Theft
The prevalence of such stories begs the question: How vigilent is the supervision in care facilities where caregivers steal pain medications? Narcotics are a serious business. Depriving patients of pain medication they need is heartless. When your trust in caregivers has been violated, contact the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm online or toll free at (877) 552-2873 for a free initial consultation.