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Nurse anesthetist pleads guilty to tampering, using drugs on the job

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.

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Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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