MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 27-year-old woman is charged with three counts of felony theft after authorities say she stole narcotic pain medication while working as a nurse.

Bobbie Lee Beck, of Le Sueur, Minn., has been charged for stealing the medication from Hennepin County Medical Center, while she was employed there as a nurse.

According to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Beck stole oxycodone on several occasions and from at least three different patients in July.

“Abuse of pain medication is a national epidemic and we are seeing an increase in cases of medication theft,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek in a released statement. “Medications have been stolen from homes, health care facilities, pharmacies, and elsewhere in recent months so I urge everyone to closely monitor supplies and report suspicious activity.”

According to the criminal complaint, Beck told police she used the oxycodone for her personal use.

Comments (17)
  1. Dr. Feel Good says:

    Criiiipes!! How many times are we going to see this scenario play out before someone actually does something about it?

    1. Dave's Not Here says:

      My guess:

      Until we punish people for it in a way that makes it not worthwhile to do to begin with.

      Cut this woman’s hands off and set her on fire.

  2. nursing student says:

    Honestly, there are so many regulations and accountability steps that nurses have to go through in order to administer narcotics. Unfortunately, for some people the appeal of getting high is too temping and those steps that are meant for practitioner accountability end up catching up with them in the end. Sadly, it makes the rest of us that care about nursing and helping people look bad.

    1. Dave's Not Here says:

      Getting high on Percocet? Come on…

  3. tom says:

    There will always be bad apples in the barrel no matter what the profession

  4. OUTLAW says:

    There’s no bad apples in the attorneys profession.

    1. Greg says:

      Oh yes there are….
      There are very strict rules what they can and can’t do; Code of Conduct.
      Several cases of an attorney failing to do their job.

  5. Jake says:

    AGAIN?? Well, I guess we shouldn’t be all that surprised. The idiot nurse from Forest Lake who just got convicted of stealing Fentanyl got ZERO jail time, so, what the hell?? Why even bother charging these ‘caring’ people??

  6. Louise says:

    As an RN, I firmly believe hospitals should conduct pre-employment drug screenings on all employees who will administer or have access to narcotic medications….and in my opinion, random drug screenings as well! I have worked for 3 major hospital/medical systems here in the Twin Cities and never ONCE have I been drug tested. They do NOT require pre-employment drug screenings either! I was drug tested more often as a flight attendant when I worked for NWA!!!! I’m 100 percent for testing. Not that it would solve this problem, but maybe it would weed out a few before it turns out like this.
    Maybe if patients knew drug testing was not required, they would speak up and start requesting their health care providers be screened!
    Just a thought!

    1. D says:

      Pre-Employment drug screenings are required at Hennepin County Medical Center, FYI, however, no random drug screenings are not done after hire.

  7. Jake says:

    Makes too much sense, Louise. Which means that it will never happen.

    1. Anne says:

      Logic hardly ever prevails in society…lol.

  8. Concerned citizen2 says:

    And yet, Senser’s wife goes without arrest. Still. Hmmmmmmmmmm……..

  9. sadnurse says:

    Shame on you people for judging. Addictions happen in every profession.
    There by the grace of god go I

    1. Dave's Not Here says:

      Addictions? Maybe.

      Stealing from others is a choice, not something that happens to some poor soul who just can’t stand the thought of waiting for their next high.

      Sorry, no sympathy is given. Keep your GD hands off other people’s stuff, or you should get them cut off.

      Why do we condone people doing this, by not sentencing them to the harshest punishments possible? Why is it just ok, and why do some of you limp wristed sack lickers think you should pity this piece of human garbage?

      Put a round behind her ear and toss her out back for the ‘yotes and buzzards and be done with it.

  10. nurse who cares says:

    A large portion of this starts with the doctors and attorneys because prescription drugs and written so freely they are passed out like candy. there starts the problem. the 2nd is the fact that people go to the clinic these days expecting to get a pill to cure all and if they don’t get it you get written up. its a vicious circle and someone needs to find out how to break the cycle. also never had a drug test but willing to do my part but also want the people who get all the free medical care and drugs to abide by the same rules

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