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Most prison inmates have a drug dependency.
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Police arrest ex-Heartland doctor on drug charge
A former Heartland Regional Medical Center doctor was arrested late Tuesday for possessing a drug that is meant for patient use.
Dr. Eric D. Jorgensen, 42, was charged with a Class C felony of possession of the controlled substance fentanyl, an anesthetic.
Court records state that on Sept. 2, hospital staff found Dr. Jorgensen passed out in the doctors’ lounge at Heartland. Two syringes, one used and one still containing liquid, were found near him along with a bottle containing liquid, according to the statement of probable cause filed by the Drug Strike Force.
The syringes and bottle were kept by hospital staff and sent to a private lab for analysis. The liquid in the bottle was identified as fentanyl, the probable-cause statement said.
During the investigation, it was determined that Dr. Jorgensen, a Heartland employee, diverted controlled substances for his own personal use without Heartland’s permission.
It was reported to the Drug Enforcement Administration that the drugs valued more than $750, the statement said.
Dr. Jorgensen, reached at his home Wednesday, declined to comment. He had been released from the Buchanan County Jail on a $25,000 bond earlier in the day.
Heartland spokesman Alan VanZandt confirmed Dr. Jorgensen was an employee of the hospital from October 2001 to September 2002.
Mr. VanZandt said he didn’t know Dr. Jorgensen’s duties at Heartland or if he was an anesthesiologist. Dr. Jorgensen previously worked in St. Joseph as an anesthesiologist at Northwest Missouri Anesthesia.
Mr. VanZandt declined further comment.
Fentanyl is a potent opiate-based narcotic used for anesthesia, according to the Addiction Recovery Institute.
“For this reason, it is the drug of abuse of choice for anesthesiologists because it is readily available,” according to the institute.
Small amounts are euphoric to the user but aren’t detected in urine samples. Taken in high doses, fentanyl can be lethal. Fentanyl is about 80 times as potent as morphine.
“The biological effects of the fentanyls are indistinguishable from those of heroin, with the exception that the fentanyls may be hundreds of times more potent.”
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