Opioids Allegedly Stolen From Nursing Home Residents

Medications and prescriptions that are given to residents in Illinois nursing homes (as well as other health care facilities such as assisted living facilities) can be problematical for many reasons.  Medications can be improperly prescribed, improperly administered, or stolen for a variety of reasons.  If this occurs, the adverse health consequences can be significant if not substantial.  On this site, posts that discuss issues with regard to medications are seen under the “medications” category.

A recurring issue with regard to the administration of drugs to nursing home residents is whether prescribed drugs are actually given to the intended person.

Unfortunately, there have been many instances in Illinois as well as nationally in which nursing home staff have stolen drugs that were intended for nursing home residents.  This theft, which is often referred to as “drug diversion,” can happen for a number of reasons.

Two reasons for this “drug diversion” is that the nursing home staff member wants to use the drugs for their own use (which is more likely if they are addicted to the drug) or the staff member wants to sell the drugs.  Certain types of medicines can be very valuable to sell.

If the nursing home resident’s drugs are stolen – and therefore not administered – it can create a situation where there can be a range of adverse impacts, ranging from unnecessary pain or potentially dangerous adverse health consequences.

There has been an alleged incident in which a nurse stole opioid patches from nursing homes in Bloomington and Normal in late February.

The theft is discussed in The Pantagraph article of March 2, 2018 titled “B-N nurse accused of taking opioid patches from residents.”  An excerpt:

A Bloomington man is accused of removing opioid patches from the bodies of residents at two local nursing homes, including one where he worked as a registered nurse.

Additional details regarding these drug diversion issues can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Joseph Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

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