Nurse charged with morphine theft from medical facility

Karen Spearman, Photo - Macomb County Sheriff

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) – A 53-year-old nurse has been charged after water was added to vials of morphine at a Detroit-area medical facility to conceal the theft of the drug.

The Macomb County sheriff’s office says Friday in a release that the water diluted the potency of medication needed by patients.

Karen Spearman was arraigned Thursday on larceny, adulterating drugs or medicine and driving on a suspended license charges. She faces a Jan. 27 hearing.

The theft was discovered Wednesday during an inventory check at the Martha T. Berry Medical Care Facility in Mount Clemens, northeast of Detroit. Some morphine was extracted from vials on a medical cart and put into a container.

Spearman was arrested a short distance from the facility.

The Associated Press could not find a telephone listing Friday for Spearman.

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