EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- A worker at a southwestern Illinois nursing home is accused of removing an 87-year-old patient's prescription pain reliever so she could ingest it herself.
Madison County prosecutors charged 41-year-old Kathleen Lung of Alton with criminal abuse or neglect of an elderly person and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Fentanyl is a prescription painkiller, often prescribed for cancer patients and administered through a patch. But it also is a powerful, euphoria-inducing narcotic, 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin.
The nursing home was not immediately publicly identified.
Lung does not have a listed home telephone number. It was not immediately clear if she has retained an attorney.