MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — The former Minnesota nurse accused of stealing painkillers from a patient before surgery is receiving drug addiction treatment.

Thirty-three-year-old Sarah May Casareto of Forest Lake was scheduled to make her first court appearance Tuesday. But she was not in court, according to Santo Cruz from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

Her lawyer said Casareto is receiving drug addiction treatment.

Last week, Casareto was charged with theft of a controlled substance. She’s accused of taking some of the painkiller intended for a patient before kidney stone surgery at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis last November, telling the patient to “man up.”

Casareto has denied the allegation. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports her attorney declined comment after the hearing.

The judge continued the hearing until March 22.

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Comments (7)
  1. Vanessa says:

    The first line of this story makes it appear that it is the lawyer that is in treatment, not the defendant; “The lawyer for…is receiving drug addiction treatment.”

    1. Blunderbuss!! says:

      I agree… good writing, ‘CCO.

  2. Nurse Naughty says:

    Yup Vanessa, you’re absolutely right. Well, we know the nurse is a POS and is an addict so … maybe … her lawyer is too? heh, heh

    1. St Paul says:

      How can you come to this conclusion just from a newspaper story that is perhaps bias?? Who named you Judge and Jury? I will wait until the facts from all sides have been brought forward. What if this was your daughter or sister?

  3. Hooyas says:

    Nurse Naughty has been deemed judge and jury. Congrats.

  4. trl says:

    well…..she IS pos whether the naive want to believe it or not…..and i hope she gets a lengthy lail term.

  5. wanda grady says:

    I think that they should make it mandatory for every (nurse ) that passes out medication’s to the patient somehow verify that the patient truly got the medication that the PATIENT got CHARGED FORAND THE FACILITY GOT PAID FOR!!! WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!! no CRIMINAL BACK GROUND CHECK1 FUNNY THIS HAPPEND CAUSE THERS A PLACE WHERE MY NEPHEWS BEING TAKING CARE OF . AND WE SUSPECT THE SAME THING GOING ON plus she maybe selling the painkillers as well as doing them !! we are stuck! maybe someone could help us to know what to do!!this is drug dealing as well as addiction, theft with intent of harm to the love one!! NEEDS TO BE TAKING ! VERY SERIOUSLY!!