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Thousands of stolen pain pills at Okla. nursing home lead to investigation of employees

January 20, 2012
by Kevin Kolus
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The theft of up to 3,000 painkillers from an Oklahoma nursing home has led one arrest and an investigation of four former employees, NewsOK reported.

The four individuals under investigation were fired last week from Callaway Nursing Home in Sulphur, Okla., when drug discrepancies, such as bogus prescriptions for the painkiller Lortab, were discovered in residents' medical charts, authorities told NewsOK. The prescriptions were allegedly filed under residents’ names and then sold.

Allen Eugene Collins, 45, was arrested and charged with a felony charge of attempting to obtain the Lortab drug with intent to distribute. One of the fired nursing home employees claimed she had been selling Lortab to Collins for several months and helped police set up the sting operation that led to his arrest, NewsOK reported.

Police confirmed there would be more arrests as the investigation continues.

The nursing homes’ drug discrepancies were discovered during a routine survey last week by inspectors. The nursing home could be cited if state or federal regulations involving the handling of prescription drugs were violated, NewsOK reported.

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