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Nurse charged with stealing pain medication from nursing home

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A Burnsville man has been charged with four counts of tampering with and stealing pain medications from a nursing home where he worked. Daniel Thomas, 56, was charged Wednesday with two counts of theft and two counts of adulterating a substance.

“Once again, we have a nurse whose duty is to relieve suffering doing the exact opposite and causing a patient more pain,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. “Other patients would also have suffered but for the keen eyes of the other nurses and the quick response by the nursing home’s staff and administrators. We will aggressively prosecute this case.”

According to the complaint, Thomas is accused of diluting bottles of morphine and that on one occasion a patient’s oxycodone “looked diluted and watery”. The bottles of morphine were submitted to the U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration’s Foresnic Chemistry Lab for testing.

A search warrant was executed at Thomas’ residence where they recovered three oral syringes used to dispense medication and an empty pain medication sleeve labeled with the name of a patient from another facility that Thomas contracted his nursing services. The syringes were found to contain the presence of morphine and oxycodone.

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