Morphine meant for dying veterans stolen by VA staff, says N.Y. nurse

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A nurse from the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York, alleged Monday that dying veterans who were supposed to receive morphine treatment to alleviate pain were given mixtures of saline and water due to theft.

“A nurse taking care of hospice patients over the past year had been diverting vials of morphine,” Valerie Riviello told The Daily Caller on Monday. “Those patients that were dying in hospice were not getting their intended pain medication.”


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The nurse told The Daily Caller that management at the hospital was informed about the theft but that the information never was relayed up the administrative chain of command.

Ms. Riviello has served as a nurse for 28 years and is the recipient of the Florence Nightingale Award for nursing.

Albany Stratton VA Medical Center did not return a request for comment on The Daily Caller’s report.

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