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Anesthesiologist Innocently Caught in a Hospital Employee's Drug Diversion Scheme Tells Her Story

By Kate O’Reilley, MD

November 26, 2013

The Story

It was a cold winter day in 2009 when my life changed forever; however, it would be months before I figured that out. On that fateful day, a drug-addicted surgical scrub tech assigned to my operating room allegedly stole syringes of fentanyl, a potent intravenous narcotic, from my anesthesia cart. According to news reports, investigative summaries, and the scrub tech’s confession, once …

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