Nurse stole liquid fentanyl from patients’ IV pumps in Iowa, FBI says

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Liquid fentanyl intended for patients was stolen by a nurse in Iowa using a syringe, according to federal authorities.

Ryan William Thornton, 27, admitted to taking the fentanyl from patients’ IV pumps while working as a nurse, according to a Nov. 22 press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa.

He took the drug “for his own personal use,” prosecutors said.

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He pleaded guilty on Nov. 21 to “obtaining fentanyl by misrepresentation, fraud, deception and subterfuge,” the press release said.

Thornton’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from McClatchy News.

The Clear Lake man faces up to four years in prison, followed by one year of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

Clear Lake is about 115 miles north of Des Moines.

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