Many issues are faced by senior citizens if they live in a nursing home or assisted living center. Among these issues is one that most people are likely unfamiliar with -- drug theft. Seniors often have a great deal of prescription medication that they must take and sometimes they find these medications disappearing.
This issue arises from nursing home employees stealing drugs from the individuals they’re supposed to be caring for and either using them themselves or selling them for profit. Most common in drug thefts are the painkillers Oxycodone and Fentanyl, which can be incredibly addictive and are frequently abused. With opioid addiction growing more and more present in our country, thefts of such medications have skyrocketed in nursing homes.
Whether they are taking pills left in cups by elderly patients or actively withholding medication from patients and replacing them with placebos, these workers are committing theft and these issues must be taken seriously. Every employee of each nursing home or assisted living facility must be held to the same high standards of conduct. Employers can ensure proper conduct through regular drug testing and meticulous inventory keeping and monitoring.
If you or a loved one have fallen victim to drug theft while in the care of a nursing home or assisted living program, please don’t hesitate to contact the attorneys at Hupy and Abraham to start discussing possible legal options. Please feel free to contact us online or call us directly at 800.800.5678 to schedule your free consultation.