A Missouri nurse's aide has been charged with stealing pain relief patches from hospice patients.
BRAYMER — A Missouri nurse's aide has been charged with stealing pain relief patches from hospice patients.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Taylor Pratt is jailed on $25,000 bond on charges of forgery, abuse of of the elderly, possession of a controlled substance and five counts of stealing. No attorney is listed for her in online court records.
Pratt was working at Golden Age Nursing Home in Braymer, Missouri, in February when several Fentanyl patches went missing from patients. The patches were used to release a pain reliever slowly to make the patient comfortable during their stay.
An investigation by the nursing home led to drug testing of all employees, and according to a report by the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, Pratt allegedly attempted to use another employee's urine to pass the test. The test was invalid, so another urine test was given to Pratt with closer monitoring.
Pratt allegedly told the administrator that her test would would come back positive for Oxycodone, Xanax and Norco, which she had bought off the streets.The administrator reported that she had confronted Pratt about the missing patches, and the woman broke down and said she had eaten four of them and taken the other home.