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Former Bledsoe County Ambulance Director took drugs for personal use

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Courtesy: Times Free Press Courtesy: Times Free Press
BLEDSOE COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

The former director of the Bledsoe County Ambulance Service took at least $2,500 worth of Morphine and Demerol during an 18-month period, according to a report released by the Comptroller's office.

The Comptroller's Division of Investigations, along with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, launched an inquiry after receiving a report of excessive purchases of controlled substances by the ambulance service.

The Comptroller's investigators reviewed purchase and use records for controlled substances for the period from November 1, 2011 through April 30 of this year to determine usage by the ambulance service.

The Comptroller's report details how the former ambulance service director forged the signature of the county medical director on Drug Enforcement Administration order forms on at least 17 occasions. Those forms were presented to pharmacies for purchases billed to Bledsoe County.

The former ambulance service director resigned earlier this year after he admitted to using controlled substances purchased by Bledsoe County Ambulance Service under the forged signature of the medical director.

 

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