Updated: 04/25/2014 4:54 PM
Created: 04/25/2014 4:13 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
A Burnsville man has been charged with four counts of tampering with and stealing pain medication from a nursing home where he worked as a nurse.
According to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, 56-year-old Daniel Thomas had watered down bottles of Oxycodone and Morphine administered to patients in the senior care facility in January.
According to the criminal complaint, Thomas had watered down the bottles because they were counted based on their liquid content and he was taking medication out of the bottles prescribed to patients at the nursing home, located on the 800 block of Main St. NE in Minneapolis.
Patients at the facility experienced more pain due to the diluted medications and the bottles had to be replaced, the complaint said.
Investigators recovered three oral syringes used to dispense medication from Thomas' garbage, along with an empty pain medication sleeve labeled with the name of a patient from another facility where Thomas also worked, the complaint said.
A warrant was issued and the search at Thomas' residence turned up saline bottles filled with Morphine and Oxycodone. They also found oral syringes that tested positive for the presence of Morphine and Oxycodone.
Thomas did not have a prescription for either medication, the complaint said.