The Associated Press and North Iowa News contributed to this story.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa – A nurse anesthetist has pleaded guilty to tampering with opioid painkillers in northern Iowa.
Records for the U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids say 44-year-old Christopher Scott West also pleaded guilty to obtaining a controlled substance by deception.
West had been on contract with the Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City was accused of ordering extra painkillers so he could use the leftovers.
Prosecutors also say West reported several times painkiller vials broke when he dropped his anesthesia kit at the hospital. Prosecutors say he actually stole the vials and used the painkillers himself.
Hospital officials who’d grown suspicious of West last year also checked a supply of painkiller vials and ampules and found they’d been opened, the painkiller replaced with saline and then glued back together.