A former nurse anesthetist at various Minnesota hospitals is currently out of the job and facing criminal charges after stealing prescription drugs for over two years. Reportedly, the man became hooked on painkillers following an operation on his knee. He began by keeping left over drugs administered to patients, and then progressed to stealing entire vials and syringes every day before he was eventually discovered.
The man reports that while he never let a patient go without their prescriptions, he feels a large sense of relief because he knew he didn’t want to continue in this manner. The man further reports that he failed at attempting to kick his habit and thereby stop stealing the narcotics on his own.