Hospitals enlist help to combat painkiller thefts

  • Article by: TONY KENNEDY and MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: October 2, 2011 - 12:04 AM

DEA, police and regulators are teaming up to improve security and protect patients.

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landry1Oct. 2, 11 8:21 AM

Abolish the DEA,they and the ATF ARE the police state.

Just like the syn marijuana debate, drugs need to be de-criminalized (are you listening OBAMA???).

The desire to escape reality is just as strong for some as it is for others to believe in a higher power. It is the human condition.

One more time... ABOLISH THE DEA, DE-CRIM DRUGS!!!

Note to bible thumpers: your book allows all seed bearing plants. Further, locking someone up for a victimless crime is a crime in and of itself.

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kojack45Oct. 2, 11 8:43 AM

Why don't they just do mandatory drug testing? Every day they can do a lottery pick list and they have to donate a teaspoon of blood within an hour of start time. That's enough to scare anyone.

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playerOct. 2, 1110:10 AM

Theft of a controlled substance is a class D felony. Pretty soft charge considering that these felons are causing great pain and harm to another. The penalities should carry mandatory prison time. This crime is perpatrated mostly by women. Sadly, courts rarely order prison time for white women.

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corkscrewOct. 2, 1111:42 AM

I couldn't believe it when Casaretto got probation instead of time in the slam. Her sentence is not going to deter a lot of drug theft.

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welfarequeenOct. 2, 11 1:24 PM

No really...Casaretto goes free for making another human being "writhe in agony" and others dealing/stealing drugs get off, too. Wait, what??? What? As I am NOT a healthcare “professional” I would not get this special treatment. What is up with that?!?! Shame, shame, shame ...wish I could be addicted to drugs because it would be SO much easier in this society…

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fentanylOct. 2, 11 1:38 PM

Casaretto received probation because her employer, ANW, failed to notify any regulatory agency of the potential drug theft. Had Mr. King not gone to the police, this incident would be swept under the carpet. ANW has been allowing staff who are caught diverting, or test positive for narcotics, to quietly resign. The investigation should focus on ANW's failure to comply with mandatory reporting laws.

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nursefluffyOct. 2, 11 1:56 PM

If Allina had immediately notified authorities when the drug theft was suspected, an investigation would have provided enough evidence for a lengthy prison term.

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LilBeaverOct. 2, 11 2:36 PM

Reclassify the crime making it a higher level felony with a minimum of ten years at "Hard Labor" rather than just sitting around watching Cable TV and furthering their education at taxpayers expense. Those people in the medical field should also lose their license permenately not just in the state but also nationwide and never be allowed to work in the medical field in any position including sales of medical equipment including canes and walkers. They should also be liable for civil damages to the victims for pain and suffering ect. Areas dispensing these drugs should require two people one of whom must be supervisor to sign a log every time they dispense a drug. Likewise when they dispense these drugs they should require at least two people one of which must be a doctor or supervisor. These two people should be required to complete the log showing the amount of the drug administered and the proper disposal of any remaining drugs. These logs should them be subject to review by a third party to insure that the amount of drugs prescribed were within the acceptable limits and verify that any remaining frugs not administered were properly disposed of.

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mplssellOct. 2, 11 3:25 PM

A crime is a crime - time to do the time. Sorry criminals, no "do overs".

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hmoauditorOct. 2, 11 5:48 PM

The MBON previously directed Nurses' in recovery to Hazeldon's after-care program. Even if the Nurse had insurance that did not cover Hazeldon, MBON directed care to Hazeldon. Nurses' were left paying thousands out of pocket. I do not see the MBON listed as a Certified Managed Care Agency. All the Nurses' who were forced to go to Hazeldon, should sue MBON for illegally directing care! Nurses' should be allowed to attend the CD or after-care provider within their insurance plan.

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