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Employee Steals Medications From Deaconess Hospital

Last updated on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

(EVANSVILLE)(WFIE) - Evansville Police are investigating allegations that an employee at Deaconess Hospital has been stealing medication for months.

Police say an employee at Deaconess Hospital has admitted to stealing injectable pain killers.

According to a police report filed Saturday, it says the employee took Dilaudid and Morphine.

"We were contacted by an employee of Deaconess Hospital that, during their daily checks of narcotics, noticed that one particular employee seemed to be removing more of a certain narcotic than the other," said EPD PIO Jason Cullum.

According to the report, a Deaconess Nurse suspected a fellow nurse of stealing the meds. Upon confronting the perpetrator, EPD was able to obtain a confession.

"During their conversation, it's my understanding, that they admitted to taking prescriptions that they weren't suppose to, and at that time they were dealt with internally by the hospital. And then they contacted us," said Cullum.

Just how long had this been going on? Police say between six and seven months.
"They started going back several months into their record-keeping and noticed that it was a pattern. It looks like they went back into June or July of last year."

As of now, Deaconess representatives say they are handling the situation internally and any charges filed against the perpetrator, remain to be seen.

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