When Professional Ethics Fail: What Happens When People Tamper with Medication?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 14, 2023 | 0 Comments

Recently, in Chamberlain, South Dakota, one nurse pled guilty to the illegal obtainment of a controlled substance.

After the investigation, it was discovered that the nurse had tampered with two vials of a medication called Fentanyl citrate. Fentanyl citrate is a powerful opioid, usually used only for sedation in very specific cases (e.g., managing severe pain when patients have cancer). The nurse had removed the opioid from its vial and replaced it with another liquid.

When actions like this happen, whether it's a mistake or clearly preplanned, people can get seriously hurt, fail to access the care they need, and otherwise have very bad experiences with their healthcare. Nurses, who play a vital role in the American healthcare system, have a huge responsibility to avoid unethical practices and the downstream consequences they trigger.

As such, if nurses are found tampering with medications, they risk serious consequences themselves.

Medication Tampering and Professional License Troubles

Nurses who are associated with medication tampering may risk the following repercussions, as determined by their state's licensing board:

  • An investigation into their professional past. Regardless of responsibility for the allegations, these types of allegations are stressful and invasive.
  • Damage done to their reputation. Again, whether or not a nurse is responsible for medication tampering, being associated with this type of incident can make it very difficult for a nurse to pursue further employment in their chosen field.
  • Suspension or revocation of their license. If their state's board decides to suspend or revoke their license, a nurse may have a hard time working at all — which directly impacts their ability to earn a living.

How Can I Go About Safeguarding My Nursing License?

If you're worried about being associated with accusations of medication tampering, you need to retain the services of the Professional License Defense Team at once. These investigations and processes can spiral out of control very quickly. Our team can help you build and strengthen your case to help you avoid the above-unwanted outcomes.

Remember, you have rights. You are able to challenge the accusations against you. And you can do something about these allegations — as long as you act quickly.

Taking Action to Protect Your Reputation And Career

People who are associated with medication tampering can risk severe repercussions — ones that can impact a healthcare professional's entire career. If you're facing these types of accusations, you need to work carefully.

Your first move? Retain the premier Professional License Defense Team at the Lento Law Firm.

Here, at the Lento Law Firm, we understand that these proceedings can be completely overwhelming. We will help you work toward your most strategic defense possible, assist with license reinstatement processes, provide experienced representation, and support you as you mitigate the negative ramifications to your reputation and future. Call 888.535.3686 today or schedule a consultation online.

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