Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

September 4, 2013

Missing drugs investigated at EMS

Sept. 4, 2013 — Kentucky State Police are investigating missing narcotics at the Grayson location of Carter County Emergency Medical Services.

An investigation into the first theft began in June when Sam Lowe of the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services alerted KSP that several ampules of Fentanyl (synthetic morphine) had been stolen from CCEMS.

During the course of the investigation it was determined several ampules of Fentanyl and multiple doses of morphine had been removed and were unaccounted for.

A suspect was identified and it was later determined additional ampules of Fentanyl also had been tampered with.

KSP Trooper First Class Michael Murriell said Tuesday that Fentanyl was removed from the ampules and was replaced with an unknown substance.

The suspect, a paramedic, was initially suspended pending the outcome of the investigation, but has since been terminated and has also lost their state license.

Charges are pending completion of the investigation.

The suspect’s identity will be released at the time charges are issued.

On Monday, an additional report was received by KSP involving the theft of several doses of morphine.

That investigation is ongoing and is not related to the initial report received in June, according to the KSP.

Carter County EMS Supervisor John Halley confirmed Tuesday that incidents of theft had occurred.

“We are cooperating with KSP in their investigation,” Halley said. “We cannot release any other information but we are confident that the KSP will do a good job and find the individuals responsible.”

Both cases remain under investigation by KSP Detective Christopher Carter.

Leeann Akers can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by telephone at 474-5101 or 286-4201.

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