PA: Nurse accused of switching patient’s OxyContin pills at Pa. hospital

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The nurse is facing charges of neglect of a care dependent person, drug offenses and theft

It’s considered one of Pa.’s best hospitals, but one registered nurse allegedly made it a very uncomfortable place for a female patient in a great deal of pain.

According to state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the nurse did so by allegedly switching and stealing the patient’s OxyContin pain medication at UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital.

In fact, the woman’s pain got so intolerable, she kept one of the pills the accused nurse gave her and convinced the hospital to test it, according to the AG.

The pill came back as the sedative Lunesta, which the patient wasn’t prescribed.

Meanwhile, OxyContin and its generic counterpart, Oxycodone, remain a prized and very valuable narcotic on the black market amid the ongoing opioid crisis.

The nurse, identified as Tiffany Hafner, 28, of Pittsburgh, is in hot water, facing charges of neglect of a care dependent person, drug offenses and theft, Shapiro’s office announced.

Hafner’s arrest was the result of an investigation launched in November after authorities learned that she was allegedly replacing her patient’s prescription Oxycodone pain medication with the sedative Lunesta, according to authorities.

Hafner is also accuse of bringing in the Lunesta from outside the hospital.

Said Shapiro:

“As we’ve seen in this crisis, we owe a debt to the thousands of medical professionals in Pennsylvania who are enduring a prolonged crisis to save lives and keep us safe, but when someone abuses that trust we will hold them accountable. This defendant abused her position when she stole medication from a patient and left them in pain. We will not tolerate the neglect of the vulnerable Pennsylvanians.”

Hafner was released on her own recognizance following arraignment. She faces a preliminary hearing on July 23.

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