Sarnia nurse charged with theft of fentanyl, morphine, police say

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Police here have charged a Bluewater Health nurse with stealing drugs – including the notoriously dangerous painkiller fentanyl – from the hospital.

There’s no indication, based on the amounts taken, that there was any drug trafficking planned, police say. The male nurse was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft and with possession of both fentanyl and morphine.

Police started an investigation after a complaint from Bluewater Health officials. Police say an anesthetic box containing various medications and narcotics was taken from an operating room floor last Thursday. Police say additional vials of fentanyl were taken from a medication-dispensing machine on the operating-room floor.

Bluewater Health officials had done a medication-inventory audit.

Wednesday, Sarnia Police searched a home and made an arrest. The accused has been released on bail and will appear in Sarnia court at a later date.

The street value of the medication has yet to be determined.

Bluewater Health has placed the nurse on unpaid temporary leave. While unfortunate, hospital spokesperson Julia Oosterman said the case underscores the hospital’s rigorous narcotics-tracking protocol.

David Cartwright, 32, is charged with theft and drug possession.

The police investigation is continuing.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Constable Jamieson of the Sarnia police at (519) 344-8861 ext. 6221.

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