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Saving Opioids for Two Years- Worker at Grand Rapids Nursing Facility Alleged

A worker at a Grand Rapids nursing facility saved more than 1,900 opioid tablets supposed for purchasers for herself over two years, following a state company’s investigation. The ability’s purchasers typically went without pain medicines consequently, in keeping with the report.

The investigation by the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Health Facility Complaints additionally discovered that different workers’ members have been conscious of the theft however did not report it due to the concern of retaliation by the worker and by the administration on the facility, Majestic Pines Senior Living. The company posted its findings online on Wednesday from an investigation that was concluded Nov. 16 after a go to to the ability on Oct. 16 and 17 by particular senior investigator Darin Hatch.

Copies of the report have been filed with the Itasca County lawyer, the Grand Rapids metropolis legal professional and the Grand Rapids Police Department. Jessica Wolf, director at Majestic Pines, stated the power reported the drug diversion to regulation enforcement and the health division as quickly because it was found.

Itasca County and Grand Rapids attorneys weren’t out there for remark Wednesday. However, Wolf stated felony prices are anticipated to be filed. The worker now not works for Majestic Pines, she mentioned.

The medicines have been diverted on some events in 2017 and 2018 from 13 shoppers, following Hatch’s report. The report did not counsel a dollar worth of the stolen tablets. A 10 mg pill of Oxycontin, one of the prescribed opioids, prices $1.25 when legally offered, in keeping with CT Clearinghouse, a useful resource middle on substance use and psychological well-being problems. An 80 mg pill prices $6.

“Investigation additionally revealed workers members have been conscious of the suspected diversions early on, however, have been afraid to report their suspicions … as a result of the (worker) was pals with administration and workers feared retaliation,” Hatch wrote.

Wolf declined to remark on to that allegation however attributed the theft to a worker gaming the system.