Stolen And Diverted Nursing Home Medications

The medications and prescriptions administered within Illinois nursing homes, as well as those nationally, is often an area of concern.  Concerns over proper dosages, overprescriptions, proper drug administration, and the appropriate medications for nursing home residents are often discussed.

One problematical issue that has been experienced is the theft of medications by nursing home personnel.  This often results in nursing home residents being denied proper medications, leading to possible health consequences.  Additionally, another issue is that in some cases the nursing home personnel are stealing such medications as they are addicted, which of course raises the issue of the level of care such personnel are able to provide.

A recent alleged theft of morphine – in a nursing home in Ellisville, Missouri – serves as an example of the problem of nursing home personnel stealing medications.  This incident is described in numerous articles, including the February 6, 2014 article titled “Police:  Ellisville nurse stole morphine, diluted patients’ medicine with mouthwash” as well as the February 6 article (with video) titled “Former Ellisville nurse charged with stealing morphine.”

Two excerpts from the article:

A former Ellisville nurse is charged with stealing morphine from nursing home patients, while diluting their doses with water and mouthwash.


According to Ellisville Police Sgt. Nancy Walker, Franklin was diverting morphine from patients at Bethesda Meadows between April and July 2013.

Walker says Franklin’s colleagues got suspicious when they noticed that some morphine doses didn’t smell or look right.  An internal investigation was quickly launched, and the Missouri State Board of Nursing was notified.  All signs quickly pointed to Franklin after she was caught administering the odd-looking morphine doses, and some of her patients started complaining.

Additional details concerning these stolen nursing home medication incidents can be seen in the two articles mentioned above.


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

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