Harmony River Living Center Hutchingson Complaint – Theft of Narcotic Medication
In a report concluded on December 27, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Harmony River Living Center for exploitation by staff.
The allegation is financial exploitation based on the following: the alleged perpetrator/AP removed a resident’s transdermal Fentanyl patch, but the wasted patch could not be located.
Substantiated Allegation of Financial Exploitation Drug Diversion Harmony River Living Center Hutchingson
According to CMS.gov, “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 medication theft, drug diversion, 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.