- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan Health System says it is improving the way it stores and distributes drugs, especially after the overdoses of a nurse and a doctor and the theft of thousands of painkillers a few years ago.

The Ann Arbor News (https://bit.ly/1nGWXvB) reports that an employee was blamed for the theft of 16,000 painkiller tablets in 2011 and 2012. No one was arrested. The health system has also reported smaller losses of controlled substances in 2013 and 2014.

The newspaper says the incidents were reported to state and federal regulators. U-M spokesman Rick Fitzgerald says the health care industry isn’t immune to addiction by employees.

A nurse died of an overdose last December while a doctor overdosed on the same day but survived.

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News, https://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor


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