Grand Junction, Colo.(KKCO/KJCT)-- A registered nurse (RN) was sentenced to three years in federal prison on Wednesday in Denver for stealing opioids and tampering with a consumer product from a hospital in Colorado.
According to the plea agreement and facts presented at sentencing, Unruh had an addiction to fentanyl and hydromorphone while working as an RN in the dialysis department at the University of Colorado Hospital In 2016.
Unruh used a needle and syringe to inject herself with the stolen drugs in the bathroom.
She then refilled the partially used opioid vials with saline solution and put them back in for the secure Pyxis machine.
Tests of certain vials showed they contained less of the active ingredients than before and showed they were tainted with a substance other than the active ingredients.
Unruh’s license to be a professional nurse in Colorado was suspended back in 2016.