Recent MDH Substantiated Neglect Cited against Buffalo Lake Health Care.
Buffalo Lake Health Care Center -Narcotic Medication Theft
In a report concluded on December 5, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Buffalo Lake Health Care Center for exploitation by staff.
The allegation is exploitation based on the following: the alleged perpetrator stole fentanyl patches from three residents.
Substantiated Complaint of Financial Exploitation at Buffalo Lake Health Care Center
According to CMS, Center for Medicare and Medicare Services, The National Drug Threat Assessment report further states that, “The most commonly diverted CPDs are opioid pain relievers, according to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data.” Opioid pain relievers are popular among drug abusers because of the euphoria they induce. Opioid pain relievers include codeine, fentanyl (Duragesic, Actiq), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol, which is prescribed less often because of its side effects), morphine (MS Contin), oxycodone (OxyContin), pentazocine (Talwin), dextropropoxyphene (Darvon), methadone (Dolophine), and hydrocodone combinations (Vicodin, Lortab, and Lorcet).”
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 at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.