Fairway Pines Senior Living Sauk Centre Complaint Findings for Exploitation
In a report concluded on October 15, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Fairway Pines Senior Living Sauk Centre for exploitation by staff.
The allegation is exploitation based on the following: a nurse/alleged perpetrator (AP) stole narcotic medications from a client.
Fairway Pines Senior Living Sauk Centre – Medication Theft is Called Drug Diversion
According to CMS, Medicare and Medicaid, “Drug diversion” is best defined as the diversion of licit drugs for illicit purposes. It involves the diversion of drugs from legal and medically necessary uses towards uses that are illegal and typically not medically authorized or necessary. While drug diversion is not a new phenomenon, States are reporting a significant increase in the problem. In fact, according to the 2010 National Drug Threat Assessment report, “The threat posed by the diversion and abuse of controlled prescription drugs (CPDs), primarily pain relievers, is increasing, as evidenced by the sharp rise in the percentage (4.6 percent in 2007, 9.8 percent in 2009) of state and local law enforcement agencies reporting CPDs as the greatest drug threat in their area.” Increased abuse of CPDs has led to elevated numbers of deaths related to prescription opioids, which increased 98 percent from 2002 to 2006.
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 Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com