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Nurse Is Accused Of Stealing Oxycodone From Assisted Living Facility

Lisa Rachek has been charged with a felony count of theft of drugs

A nurse is accused of stealing drugs from Heartland of Mentor, an assisted living and rehabilitation center where she worked.

Lisa Rachek, 52, is suspected of taking 15 oxycodone pills from Heartland on Oct. 1, 2012.

Authorities confronted Rachek after the drugs went missing, said Investigator Alex Friel of the Lake County Narcotics Agency's Pharmaceutical Diversion Division.

She was charged with one felony count of theft of drugs and arraigned Thursday in Mentor Municipal Court.

Rachek has no previous drug-related convictions or even charges, Friel said.

She was released on a personal bond. Her next court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 31.

Laura Lester January 18, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Gets really bad when nurses steal drugs intended for your parents. I'm glad each pill is accounted for and signed off each shift. Didn't she know that.
Concerned Citizen January 18, 2013 at 06:28 PM
To Laura: The shift pill count is not enough to protect our loved ones. There could be several perpetrators working together, "signing off" for days that counts are in order. I am pretty sure that Heartland uses this old faulty way. This place can get a new system that uses barcode scanning, fingerprint verification, and has active alerts. This can more promptly announce inaccurate medication dispensing and who is responsible. Additionally, What if the patient/resident in not of sound mind and never gets the pills? How about if the medical professional substitutes with another pill? Mandatory drug testing can help deter users too. Bottom line: It's not enough to go after a nurse while not addressing how long it took for the facility to figure out they were missing 15 pills. Days? Weeks? Months? How many loved ones stayed in pain or . . . worse?
Michele DiVito January 18, 2013 at 07:34 PM
what no photo?
Alex January 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM
She IS a fabalious nurse. HOM does use barcode scanning and never would have a patient suffer. This is just negative people talking. Random drug tests are preformed. And with it only being 15 and NO previous record at the age of. 52. That tells you she is a VERY wonderful woman.
Alex January 19, 2013 at 01:37 PM
And Tricia, really? Get a life!
ashley January 19, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Its funny how quick people are to judge a book by its cover. And those same people would be offended if u judged their book without opening it up and reading about the person they really are!!
Tricia January 19, 2013 at 08:28 PM
You miss understood me. Yes lisa is a wonderful woman. I believe she would never do such a thing.
john mcdermitt January 20, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Completing my degree on behavioral science I wrote about people being judged. My findings found that those under scrutiny will come out stronger and a thief is a We all know that a nurse is a nurse but what is she when she is a thief and in this case addicted to pills. She most likely started stealing long ago and this recent escapade brought on her un-doing. I wish her well because it is all now up to her ?
Chris January 24, 2013 at 01:08 AM
@John. If you are attempting to smash a well respected citizen like the editor of this article. Well congratulations. I am here to make you aware that the article states SUSPECTED, not guilty. The woman this non sense is referring to is a outstanding professional. Who I am add has been married 20+ years and has raised a wonderful family. Also, this same mentor citizen has never had a run in with the law, not even so much as a speeding ticket. I can say, as a former co worker. Lisa is a phenomenal nurse, whom I had the pleasure of working with along side. Also, one I would trust my life in the hands of. Lisa has had many, MANY families who have expressed great gratitude for the care she had given there loved ones. So, please, before attempting to smash a persons reputation, or jump on the band wagon, please know the details of the person on the other end.

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