Fort Riley Nurse Sentenced For Drug Tampering

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, February 27, 2012

A Fort Riley nurse has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for stealing morphine from a Salina nursing facility.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says 25-year-old Melanie French Morrison pleaded guilty to one count each of consumer product tampering and alteration of a drug.

Morrison took syringes from the medical room at Holiday Resort Nursing Facility, removed morphine from vials and replaced it with sodium chloride to hide the theft.

Grissom says Morrison took the syringes home and injected herself with the morphine.

A nursing director discovered in February 2010 that someone had tampered with multiple vials. She asked Morrison to submit to a urine drug test which showed the presence of opiates.

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