Nurse Accused of Giving Morphine to Patients to Make Job Easier

A nurses assistant at a Nursing Home has been accused of drugging seven of her elderly patients. Three of them died. Police are now investigating to see if murder charges can be filed.

All three victims were formerly believed to have died of natural causes. Now police are hoping to take a second look. Police were first alerted by paramedics, who were called to the Nursing Home because the patients were unresponsive. The three who died passed away at the hospital, days or, in one case, months later.

The four patients who survived were given a drug to treat morphine. Police started zeroing in on nurses at the home and found that the nurse in question was on duty for all seven of the patients.

When they searched the nurses locker, police say they found morphine. She denied sedating the seven, but police believe she did it to make the patients more cooperative.

The nurse was fired from the nursing home when she was arrested. She is in jail on $350,000 bail. The coroner's office is investigating to see if any of the bodies will be exhumed. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.