More paramedics ac­cused of drug theft

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THERE have been five fur­ther cases since 2008 i n which Vic­to­rian paramedics have been ac­cused of steal­ing the pow­er­ful painkiller fen­tanyl from am­bu­lance sup­plies.

Three paramedics were fired af­ter an inves- tiga­tion into the theft of the drug, while two oth­ers re­signed dur­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria con­firmed yes­ter­day.

The reve­la­tion came af­ter two Vic­to­rian paramedics were ar­rested and stood down af­ter fen­tanyl was al­legedly stolen from vials, lead­ing to hun­dreds of pa­tients be­ing treated with tap wa­ter in­stead of the painkiller.

Only one of the fur­ther five cases since 2008 af­fected pa­tients, and that was in north­ern Vic- to­ria, where the drug was si­phoned from the bot­tle and re­placed with wa­ter, an Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria spokes­woman said.

All cases were passed to po­lice, she said, but was un­able to de­tail the out­come of the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

One l ong- serv­ing para­medic has been stood down as po­lice in­ves­ti­gate the lat­est theft.

The Don­vale man, 47, was in­ter­viewed by po­lice on Oc­to­ber 5 and re­leased pend­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion of a sum­mons.

A para­medic, 40, was ar­rested on Tues­day af­ter a po­lice search in South Mel­bourne. He was also re­leased pend­ing sum­mons and has been stood down.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing theft al­le­ga­tions from Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria re­sponse sta­tions.

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