Tricks of the trade: Diversion- stories of the stupid and sly? - page 2

by SuzieVN

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RN drank a bottle of codeine at night, passed out. I called 911. RN emptied a vila of MS (RED), replaced it with NS (CLEAR). I sent it to be tested. LPN wrote oders for oxcodone, over the course of a year. Made sure to be... Read More


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    Quote from salvadordolly
    Funny story about diversion (b/c most of them aren't) - I worked a pool shift at a free-standing hospice facility. they had their own pharmacist and they didn't count narcs!! this was in the mid 90's. I worked there for a week and we kept running out of Lomotil. I knew when I had gotten the first dose of my shift there was a full bottle. I asked the other nurses if they were using it (it's rare to use Lomotil a lot in hospice) and they said no. I reported it to the manager, who said she would look into it. One of the nurses was accused and fired. A week later, a pick up a pool shift in a private psych/AODA unit on the noc shift and who's there? the pharmacist from the hospice, who tells me he was severely addicted to Lomotil!! I guess they had started counting narcs, so he went into treatment. Lomotil, seriously?
    What ever happened to the falsely accused nurse? It's not like you could go back and tell the manager you saw the pharmacist in rehab. Poor nurse.
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    Quote from sarakjp
    Also be careful about witnessing wastes!
    The diverters get pretty good at it. I had an instructor who was duped by a coworker who kept fake med vials in her pockets and was extremely good at pocketing the real med, switching to the fake one and "wasting" it.

    She would then keep the "waste" for herself and give the patient a lower dose (eventually none) of the actual med.

    I don't use narcotics but one could easily do this if he or she saved carpujects. Just palm a carpuject vial filled with water, pull a real one out of the pyxis (right in front of a coworker if necessary) insert the palmed one into the device, spray the fake med into the trash during the waste.

    Usually coworkers only witness the wasting of the contents and not the actual pulling of the meds so you don't need to be Penn & Teller to fool anyone.
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    Speaking of snorting anything. I watched a guy crush and snort a breath mint back in high school because someone "dared him to!"

    edit: and I made this face the whole time I watched
    Last edit by aflower1325 on Apr 6, '13 : Reason: add to the story!
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    Quote from marycarney
    And BTW- how do Vicodin addicts EVER poop? Seriously..........
    Bahahahahaha!! I have always wondered the same thing!
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    We had a nurse give a pt. two regular Tylenol instead of Norco. Too bad for her that the pt. was a hospital pharmacy tech and recognized the pills and turned her in. Don't know how many patients she had shortchanged in the past.

    We had a young male patient with pain control issues who didn't agree with his prescribed meds. He broke into the sharps container and a nurse found him sucking on the vials.
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    Quote from beachmom
    We had a nurse give a pt. two regular Tylenol instead of Norco. Too bad for her that the pt. was a hospital pharmacy tech and recognized the pills and turned her in. Don't know how many patients she had shortchanged in the past.

    We had a young male patient with pain control issues who didn't agree with his prescribed meds. He broke into the sharps container and a nurse found him sucking on the vials.

    If he's willing to go that far, he may as well lick the bottom of the container, there's sure to be a puddle of a mix of drugs that leak from the needles. (But don't give him any ideas!).
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    There was a nurse a few years back where I worked that was found dipping into the sharps boxes. Apparently she had been seen wondering into deserted departments after hours, fairly regularly. So security started to keep a closer eye on her through the cameras.

    She was busted with her hand down the sharps in a deserted OR. Her reasoning was "I lost my pen in there"!

    She was relieved of her duties shortly thereafter; I hope she was able to make a clean, successful start.
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    Quote from aflower1325
    Speaking of snorting anything. I watched a guy crush and snort a breath mint back in high school because someone "dared him to!"

    edit: and I made this face the whole time I watched
    When I was in high school, I saw a guy snort the stuff from a pixie stick on a dare. Gross LOL. And yeah, weird what people will put up their nose. Don't know anything about Prozac, but I know people get Seroquel on the street. Usually to "come down" from crack.
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    Quote from TerpGal02
    When I was in high school, I saw a guy snort the stuff from a pixie stick on a dare. Gross LOL. And yeah, weird what people will put up their nose. Don't know anything about Prozac, but I know people get Seroquel on the street. Usually to "come down" from crack.
    I haven't evem heard of that one. I must be 'way' out of the loop...
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    Nurse found in the stairwell with a busters open sharps container. To high to make up any excuses.
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