Narcotics Stolen From Virginia Hospital Locker

A Sentara Princess Anne Hospital employee discovered that someone stole morphine, Valium and Ativan from a secured locker at the facility.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Sentara Princess Anne Hospital officials have increased security measures after someone stole medications from a locker in the facility.

A hospital pharmacy technician noticed that the drugs, including Morphine, Valium and Ativan, were missing while she was replenishing the boxes in the emergency medical services (EMS) room, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

Emergency responders use the EMS room to exchange used drug boxes for new ones; however, to gain access to the lockers, they must obtain a key from an on-duty emergency room nurse. The nurse can only obtain the key by logging into a secure computer system.

The latest incident comes a month after medications were stolen in five break-ins from ambulances at two rescue stations.

Officials continue to investigate the incident, and have increased security procedures including more frequent equipment checks.

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