Thursday, July 24, 2014

More Hydrocodone Hijinks Explained by Experts

From an extremely reliable source:

Try 8 a pop on hydros. Also, pill heads have a preference. Some only like blue lorcets, some pink, nobody likes generic... its so arbitrary but that's how it is. An 80 mg oxycontin will sell for 80 dollars, however in the form of Percocet, a 5mg pill could very well sell for 3 because its not injectable... it can be snorted but it comes with a lot of Tylenol and filler.

Another correction from a second reader:

I’m familiar with the incident at the local nursing home. I don’t believe there were any accusations against anyone in regard to appropriating optional doses of hydrocodone, but it could happen at any nursing home or hospital when scrips are written as “optional.” And while the patient at the center of this investigation, if you want to call it that, did pass away, I don’t believe it had to do with any missed doses of pain meds. She was a very sick woman.

The whole scam, and I do believe that’s what it was, involved dispensing only partial amounts of a scrip. In this instance only 24 hours of med were initially delivered on a 15 day scrip. Then a pharmacist or nurse requested a second “corrected” scrip which was written for 15 days with 14 days delivered. Who benefited down the line, I’m not sure or how the pharmacy covered it up without a patient’s name being changed in the records. It also involved falsifying some nursing records and was most certainly covered up by circling the wagons at the facility (for whatever reason). I’m hoping other families of patients at this particular nursing home will catch something similar and report it. Just wanted to clear that up for all medicine nurses out there who don’t pocket optional patient dosages.


Assuming the above is correct, and hydrocodone does go for eight dollars a pop, each time the “scam” was run, it benefited someone to the tune of 960.00. It still sounds like a dangerous game to us, but many throw caution to the wind where money is involved. We’ve advised our two informants to go to the district attorney’s office. As we’ve often said, it’s better to let the authorities sort it out than wait for the press or certainly for the facility’s administration to put a stop to such shenanigans.


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