North Ridge Care Center Exploitation Substantiated

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 30th March 2015
Theft of Medication

Theft of Medication at North Ridge Care Center

North Ridge Care Center  Complaint Findings for Exploitation

In a report concluded on April 12, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites North Ridge Care Center for exploitation by staff.

The allegation is financial exploitation based on the following: the alleged perpetrator (AP) stole narcotic from two residents.  The AP admitted to taking the narcotics.

According to the CDC, when prescription medicines are obtained or used illegally, it is called drug diversion. Addiction to prescription narcotics called opioids has reached epidemic proportions and is a major driver of drug diversion. This webpage focuses on diversion involving healthcare providers who steal controlled substances such as opioids for their own use. This can result in several types of patient harm including:

•Substandard care delivered by an impaired healthcare provider,
•Denial of essential pain medication or therapy, or
•Risks of infection (e.g., with hepatitis C virus or bacterial pathogens) if a provider tampers with injectable drugs

For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints concerning nursing homes, assisted living and other elder care providers view resolved complaints at the MDH website.

If you have concerns about financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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