The discovery of cocaine in a Connecticut nursing home has resulted in a fine for patient health from the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The Connecticut cocaine controversy centered around the RegalCare nursing home facility in New Haven where at least four residents tested positive for cocaine in their bodies according to The Epoch Times.
The Connecticut cocaine controversy began Apr. 30, 2018, when a resident was seen handing a dollar bill to another resident which appeared to have white powder on it. The residents in question, one of whom struggled with opioid dependence, both tested positive for cocaine in their systems when they were tested at a later date.
A doctor’s order from three days later indicated that each resident was to have their rooms searched for the next three days to ensure they did not have any additional stashes of the drug, but according to official records, one resident’s room was searched on May 4th and 5th, and the other’s room was searched on the 4th and 6th.
The Connecticut cocaine controversy escalated shortly after these events when on May 12, 2018, a resident unrelated to the first two was found unresponsive on the floor with a large hematoma. The resident remained unresponsive for two minutes and later tests indicated that the resident had both opioids and cocaine in their system at the time of the incident.
Less than a week later, on May 18, 2018, a methadone clinic contacted the RegalCare facility and informed the facility and the authorities that another resident had tested positive for cocaine. At this point, the Connecticut Department of Public Health began to take authoritative actions.
Residents began to implicate one another until it was found that a nursing aide was behind the Connecticut cocaine controversy. The nursing aide was then fired but the damage had been done. The Connecticut Department of Public Health imposed $1,680 in fines on the RegalCare facility for failure to prevent the distribution and use of controlled substances in residents.
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