A Minnesota Department of Health investigation has found that an employee of the North Ridge Care Center was stealing a resident’s prescription painkillers. The employee was also found to have been stealing prescription medication from at least 12 other residents of the New Hope, Minnesota nursing home, although the number of residents impacted may have been as high as 24, according to the MDH report. [Report no. H5183093]
According to the MDH report:
- After the suspected employee left the facility, another nurse spotted a discrepancy in the medication charting for one of the residents;
- When confronted by administrative staff, the suspected employee admitted to taking prescription Oxycodone tablets from the resident for the employee’s own personal use;
- The employee also admitted to taking narcotic medication from several other residents over a four-month period;
- The suspected employee was terminated from employment at the facility; and
- The case was forwarded to the county attorney’s office for possible prosecution.
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