Nurse jailed for tampering with meds

June 4, 2007

Michael Paul Smith, a nurse at a Massachusetts nursing home, was sentenced to 63 months in jail for tampering with painkillers prescribed to patients at the home.

Michael Paul Smith, a nurse at a Massachusetts nursing home, was sentenced to 63 months in jail for tampering with painkillers prescribed to patients at the home. Smith accepted a plea agreement and admitted taking pills containing painkillers oxycodone and morphine sulfate that were prescribed for patients of the Odd Fellows Nursing Home and substituting other pills. He removed the pills from blistercards by peeling the cardboard backing off the blistercards, put new pills in their place, and glued the backing back on. The tampering was discovered before the pills were dispensed to patients and no one was injured.

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