Merritt Island Surgery Center nurse allegedly stole 67 ampoules of fentanyl, other drugs — 6 insights

A Merritt Island (Fla.) Surgery Center nurse allegedly systematically stole fentanyl that was meant to be used as an anesthetic during surgery, Florida Today reports.

Here's what you should know.

1. Kirsten McDonough would allegedly sign out twice as much fentanyl than what was needed and would keep the excess for herself.

2. Office staff at the surgery center noticed a discrepancy between how much Ms. McDonough was checking out and how much was used during surgery.

3. Center staff called police on the nurse Dec. 1, 2017, after conducting an audit. Staff believe she stole approximately 67 ampoules of fentanyl, a vial of versed, a vial of propofol and other drugs used during surgery.

4. The center suspended her without pay while she was under investigation.

5. Police arrested her March 14. She was charged with grand theft of a controlled substance and has since been released on bond.

6. Ms. McDonough declined to be interviewed by police. What she was doing with the stolen drugs is still unclear.

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