An employee at the Oaklawn Health and Rehabilitation Center in Louisville, Kentucky has been arrested for stealing prescription painkillers, specifically hydrocodone and Percocet. The facility was suspicious that their pain medicine was coming up missing and noticed discrepancies in their medication administration patterns. Unfortunately for the patients at Oaklawn Health and Rehabilitation Center, the investigation lasted several weeks before the Louisville Metro Police were able to make an arrest.
The woman, a 26 year-old nurse, aroused suspicion when the facility noticed that the medication administration patterns were incorrect. After her arrest, she admitted to stealing the narcotics in order to use them with her boyfriend. Terribly, she admitted to stealing the narcotics for months before her arrest, meaning that countless patients were being improperly medicated.
After several weeks of investigation, the police were able to arrest the nurse on May 14th, 2014. She is facing charges of theft of a controlled substance and neglect. She has also been fired from the facility.
This, along with other incidences of theft and neglect by nursing home employees, is just another incidence of proof that families and friends of those in nursing homes must keep a close eye on how the patients are being treated. Stealing drugs is just one of many incidences of neglect that can occur at nursing homes and hospitals. The friends and family of the loved ones are often the first line of defense and must be vigilant of their care being given.