A head nurse who was on duty until a couple of months ago at the Niguarda hospital in Milan was investigated for embezzlement and possession of drugs. It would have been she, two months ago, who stole a powerful opioid, fentanyl, an analgesic also known as “synthetic heroin” which in Milan, in 2017, caused the death of a man from an overdose. Even the nurse, according to what was reported by Cesare Giuzzi in the “Corriere della sera”, had developed like thousands of other people (especially in the United States) a sort of opioid addiction, consuming up to 12 doses a day: and the thefts of the drug are therefore linked to his drug addiction.
Another bottle of the drug was found in the nurse’s home
In the nurse’s home, the police found a bottle of the drug. Another had been found semi-hidden and out of place in the ward where the nurse worked, and from that discovery an internal verification had been triggered which had then led to the identification, as responsible for the theft, the head nurse. The first suspicions had been advanced by colleagues and were corroborated by the discovery of abandoned syringes when the nurse was on duty and then by the words of the head nurse’s husband, who confirmed the moment of fragility experienced by his wife. Now the woman has been suspended by the hospital management, which has initiated disciplinary procedures against her. At the same time the nurse will have to face the criminal affair: but certainly the most difficult fight will be that against the demon of drug addiction.