Woman sentenced for stealing pain meds from nursing home patients

A 35-year-old woman has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to three Class C felony charges and three aggravated misdemeanor charges of wanton neglect of a nursing home resident after the woman stole pain medications from patients.

According to the Clinton Herald.com, Carrie A. Garza of Morrison, Iowa, removed Fentanyl patches used for pain management from three female patients. Fentanyl is used to create chronic pain and it is 100 times more potent than morphine.

Garza had an elaborate ruse to steal the medications. She called the nursing home — The Alverno — and claimed to be a representative of the pharmaceutical provider and said there had been a recall of the medication. She then went to rooms of Rosemary Sparks, Helen Parsons and Virginia Lange and removed their medication patches.

This seems like a pretty brazen act by Garza. It is hard to imagine a person removing needed pain medication from a patient for their own use. These women must have suffered pain after their medication was taken away.

It does not seem like the nursing home did everything they could to protect the patients involved. Allowing someone who was not an employee of the nursing home to actually touch a patient without checking their credentials seems like lax oversight.

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