Police Investigate Possible Nursing Home Medication Errors

A recent incident at a one nursing home is being investigated after several patients  tested positive for opiates, officials said today. The nursing home, which is already being inspected twice as often as others, notified state authorities after one patient's blood tests showed the presence of opiates, despite not being prescribed the narcotic. That patient died of an unrelated bout of pneumonia, said the vice president of operations for the company which owns the facility.

When that patient's blood results came back positive for opiates, nursing home staff grew alarmed. They began testing other residents of the facility and opiates were found in at least two other patients. Those patients were admitted to the hospital and the facility notified the Department of Health and the police.

The main concern was how the drugs got into the residents systems. Investigators said the incident remains perplexing, because no drugs were out of order or missing at the nursing home. Police found no evidence that a crime was committed, but they are continuing the investigation. For more, read the story.


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.