Diverted Fentanyl, DEA involved- has anyone ever been through this?

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by PDRN PDRN Member Nurse

Specializes in ER / ICU. Has 21 years experience.

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Knurse1967

Knurse1967, RN

Has 30 years experience. 41 Posts

Hi. I had felony charges for diversion. Had to go to my states drug court program to get them reduced to a misdemeanor. Also in the monitoring program. Try not to beat yourself up too much. There is a lot of support on these boards. Some of us know exactly what you are feeling. You’ll get through this!❤️

JM84

JM84

7 Posts

Good morning, 

I was caught diverting drugs from a Federal facility. I Was charged and convicted for felony larceny in a building. License suspended. I entered the health professional recovery program. completed it. I have two jobs, Im employed for a large national health organization and one of the magnet hospitals in my state. What ever you are going through, there is a path to redemption. 

catmom1, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Psych, Med/Surg. 347 Posts

Would you care to update on your situation?  I understand if you don't want to but please know that there is support here from folks who have been through all you are experiencing (and MORE) and lived to tell the tale.

Good luck!

PDRN

PDRN

Specializes in ER / ICU. Has 21 years experience. 29 Posts

23 hours ago, catmom1 said:

Would you care to update on your situation?  I understand if you don't want to but please know that there is support here from folks who have been through all you are experiencing (and MORE) and lived to tell the tale.

Good luck!

It's all still pending, I haven't heard anything from any law enforcement entity yet other than the original contact. I'm sure they're investigating my entire career trying to build a case.

JM84

JM84

7 Posts

It took them about a year before they busted me and walked me out in handcuffs. 

PDRN

PDRN

Specializes in ER / ICU. Has 21 years experience. 29 Posts

I have no question that charges are forthcoming, and they should, I did the crime. I just hope no prison time for first offense, one single drug. I just don't know how I can recover my nursing career from this, but perhaps this is the universe telling me that it's time for a new chapter. 

AbbeyR

AbbeyR, ADN, BSN

Has 23 years experience. 193 Posts

You will learn to let go of the shame that comes with the situation, but this does not have to be career ending. It will get better ❤️‍? 

sharklady

sharklady

Specializes in Telemetry. Has 10 years experience. 29 Posts

6 hours ago, AbbeyR said:

You will learn to let go of the shame that comes with the situation, but this does not have to be career ending. It will get better ❤️‍? 

Very well said!

subee, MSN, CRNA

Specializes in CRNA, Finally retired. Has 50 years experience. 4,140 Posts

On 10/21/2021 at 5:53 PM, PDRN said:

 Yes, just one vial. And ugh, the consequences just get better and better ? I haven't talked to anyone except those bound by confidentiality, nor will I. Thanks for the response!

They don't have the manpower to go after 1 vial of Fentanyl and you weren't selling it.  Fuggeddaboudit.  

LittleRN

LittleRN

Specializes in ICU. 19 Posts

I did the same thing except I pulled a bit from an IV bag to give to another patient cause the doctors were slacking. Someone ratted me out. For some odd reason I confessed in HR when I was questioned and resigned. I've spoken to so may lawyer and half say " my career is over" and the other half say "they can help". I'm terrified. I have lost 8 pounds in a weekend. The guilt and shame is eating me alive. I was supposed to self report to IPN today. 

JM84

JM84

7 Posts

It will eat at your for a bit. Lawyers say that stuff so they can make money off you, it’s all theatrics. If you get sober and go through all the required remedial work you will get back on track, it just takes time. I was convicted for felony larceny for drug diversion. I currently work for 3 different large institutions in my state. Anything is possible. 

valzoe92

valzoe92

Has 11 years experience. 4 Posts

Little RN - you can still keep your career. I'm in FL  and just about to complete my IPN contract.  Did I read you are also in FL? 

So did you just divert for the other patient or yourself due to addiction? 

I'm asking because I did have a nurse who got sent to IPN for stealing vials of benadryl but said she wasn't an addict. Her allergies were acting up.  They treated her the same as an addict for stealing.  She never came back to our nurses group so I"m not sure what happened. 

I believe that nurse also self reported to IPN. 

Either way you can still be a nurse.  Let me know if I can help 

If you are in addiction IPN sucks but will help you find recovery. If you truly just took it to help another patient I assume you will still have to do the same IPN 5 year contract and will also be treated as an addict.  You will have to do an evaluation either way...