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Delnor Employee Arrested for Stealing Drugs From Patient

Police reports: Patient-care technician accused of taking Hydrocodone from patient's purse.

Geneva police arrested Julie Wood, 22, of Yorkville on charges of possession of a controlled substance around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Delnor Hospital, 300 South Randall Road, Geneva reports said.

Wood is a patient care technician at Delnor Hospital. Reports said she entered a patient’s room and stole 37 Hydrocodone pills that were located inside of the patient’s purse. When the patient returned to her room, she found Wood "looking through her bagged property," the report said.

Wood left the room, exited the hospital and sat inside her vehicle for a break. The pills were "subsequently located inside Wood’s Dodge Caravan" after Wood received her Miranda warning, reports said.

Hydrocodone pills are a Schedule II narcotic, reports said.

According to the US National Library of Medicine website, "Hydrocodone is in a class of medications called opiate (narcotic) analgesics and in a class of medications called antitussives. Hydrocodone relieves pain by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain." It is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

 

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Tony Pronenko February 01, 2012 at 04:52 PM
It really is terrible when things like this happen. It just keeps adding to the stigma that this medication carries with it. What that does is makes Doctors scared to prescribe the medication for people who actually are in pain and have a legitimate reason for using it.
David McLean February 05, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Julie must get help, the drug was her target not money. And to think this young lady just lost her job and career over it. Hope the judge will go light on her, 90 day rehab would be best,and never to work in a hospital again. Maybe this was the wake up call she needed, addictions are a cry for help, put only they can stop it when they hit rock bottom, I hope for Julie's sake this is the bottom.

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