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My patients boyfriend is stealing her medication. What can I do as far as reporting it?

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I am a CNA and I know for a fact my patients boyfriend is stealing. Who do I tell?

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All good suggestions Lweaver in my humble opinion. Tell prescribing doctor, guardian or family member (if there is one). Perhaps a medication safe or some sort of tamper evident packaging? That's a rock and a hard place and very frustrating when you have someone in the house that is helping themselves.
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When it comes to pills like OxyContin, I am surprised that the doctor writes a script where refills are available. I know for my sig other, who takes said med as needed, there are never any refills... he needs to visit the doctor before she will prescribe it again. And I am surprised the pharmacy is refilling on such a short time span.

Ladylee above had a good suggestion, contact whomever is employing you.
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Notify the responsible party ( POA or Guardian) and whoever employes you.
They should handle it by letting the prescribing Dr know that the patient is not needing/taking thease meds.
If they choose to call the police they will.
If the boyfreind is the POA or Guardian. Then I would go to the police and let them investigate him.
Good Luck, Sticky situation
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For instance her Xanax was filled 2/18 for 120 tabs they are now all gone. Her OxyContin was picked up yesterday and there is 10 missing.
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Ok my patient is on Xanax and OxyContin she has dementia and a couple others issues. I am here 9 hours a day so I know what medication is being taken during 8-530. I give her all her medication as well her last dose of anything is at 4pm. He calls in the prescription and picks it up I know that neither one of these medications is being given during the day. He gets both filled every 30 days so if she is getting it he wouldn't need it filled so often because they are an as needed basis. I have also witnessed once him taking it. I can tell he is high out of his mind when I am here and to make matters worse he is in his late 60s. I don't feel comfortable with the situation and I didn't know if there was someone I can tell so he gets cut off her medication.
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One would need absolute proof, beyond a shadow of a doubt. What type of medication is being taken? Is it something that the boyfriend would be using for himself? Or giving or selling said meds to others?

You have to be very careful about things like this.... you don't want to take an innocent situation and make it bad. Example, the boyfriend would be taking the medication because at night your patient, who has memory issues, might be trying to take all the medication at once.... a scenario such as that.

If the medication is in fact not available for your patient, then the pharmacy will not fill the next order until it reaches a certain time frame. Thus 90 pills, one each day, cannot be refilled in 30 days.
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Wow. I don't know if I can be helpful at all, but I'll try. Are you with an agency? If so, I'd report it to my superiors and they will investigate. Are you the only caregiver? Can you lock up the medication and keep the key? Can you let the doctor know so that in the future they can prescribe smaller amounts or different medications that wouldn't be as stealable?

What kind of medicine is she taking that someone would even want to steal? Is he selling it? If you know this, I guess you could call the police.

Maybe someone else has a better answer for you.
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