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Mayo Clinic Nurse Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Fentanyl

2:08 PM, May 25, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Mayo Clinic nurse has been arrested for allegedly stealing the controlled substance, Fentanyl from the clinic. 

Police said nurse Justin Michael Oliver stole Fentanyl on three separate occasions in May. A machine at Mayo alerted managers to the extra doses of the medicine being dispensed.

When the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office contacted Oliver at his home, he gave them a copy of a drug test from Mayo that showed he tested positive for Fentanyl, according to a police arrest report. In the report, police said Oliver told them he was using the drug because of stress, but he was not using any controlled substances while on the job.

The Mayo Clinic released this statement:  "That a former nurse confessed to diverting drugs and was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office."

In the statement, the Mayo had investigated the nurse's "questionable medication administration reports."

"Mayo Clinic's narcotics management system identified the problem, which led to an internal investigation, termination of the nurse's employment and notification of appropriate authorities," it said.

It emphasized that patients were not affected and that the nurse was reported to the DEA and the Florida Board of Nursing.

In August, another Mayo Clinic employee, Steven Beumel was arrested for fraudulently obtaining Fentanyl, and may have caused an increase in Hepatitis C cases in the hospital by allegedly using syringes on himself, then using them on patients.

Today, the Department of Justice announced Beumel has been indicted on five counts of tampering with a consumer product, resulting in death or serious bodily injury, and five counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

If Beumel is convicted on all these counts, he faces life in prison.

Mayo released another statement today about the Beumel case, saying that it continues to cooperate in the investigation.

"We remain steadfast in our commitment to provide safe and effective care to all of our patients," says Dr. William C. Rupp, chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic in Florida.

"Our persistent, 3 1/2 year investigation helped uncover the source of the infections. We appreciate the support and understanding of our patients throughout this process."

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