Fentanyl Diversion at Oregon Hospital Under Police Investigation After Multiple Patient Deaths

MEDFORD, Oregon – Police are currently investigating a troubling situation at the Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Oregon, where multiple patient deaths have been reported. According to NBC5 News, the deaths are allegedly linked to infections caused by tap water injections that were used as a substitute for the powerful opioid painkiller, fentanyl. Fentanyl is cited as one of the most frequently “diverted” drugs in medical settings.

The investigation began after inside sources claimed that up to 10 patients may have died as a result of infections contracted at the hospital. It is alleged that a nurse at the hospital substituted medication with tap water in an attempt to conceal the misuse of the hospital’s pain medication supply, particularly fentanyl. As a result, intensive care unit patients were injected with tap water, leading to fatal infections.

Medford police have confirmed that they are actively investigating the hospital but have not provided specific details about the case. Drug diversion, as reported in this case, involves the transfer of a controlled substance from a lawful to an unlawful channel of distribution or use. It is a practice that is reportedly engaged in by 10% of medical professionals, with fentanyl being one of the most commonly diverted drugs.

The use of tap water in place of sterile alternatives in a healthcare setting is particularly concerning, as it raises serious questions about patient safety. Alleged crimes of this nature are often subject to scrutiny by federal agencies such as the FBI and DEA.

Asante has acknowledged the issue, stating that they reported it to law enforcement and are cooperating with the investigation. The hospital has not provided further comments, citing the ongoing police investigation. As of now, no one has been charged with a crime and the investigation is ongoing.