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UPDATED: Suspended nurse pleads not guilty to drug charges

Friday, March 7 at 9:05 a.m. 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – A Charles City anesthetist who was indicted in federal court Wednesday on drug diversion charges pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Christopher Scott West remains free pending trial on charges of tampering with a consumer product, acquiring and attempting to acquire a controlled substance by fraud and possession of a fire arm by a drug user.

Iowa Board of Nursing records show his license has been suspended indefinitely in connection with an incident where he was found on the floor of a bathroom at Floyd County Medical Center.  West was impaired by self administered narcotics.  The board received information West is addicted to opiates.

Under the guidelines of the suspension, West must undergo treatment and prove sobriety for 12 continuous months and placed on probation for 3 years.

According to court records, West used opioid medication from a hospital stockroom and filled near-empty vials with a liquid.

West’s trial is tentatively set for May.

Thursday, March 7 at 10:34 a.m. 

Cedar Raids, Iowa – A Charles city nurse anesthetist has been indicted on drug charges while on the job at Floyd County Medical Center.

Court documents say Christopher Scott West gained access to fetanyl and sufentanil and used them for his own use from February 2018 to September 7,2018.

West concealed his actions by cutting tamper-proof paper around the vials, siphoning out the substance and replacing the liquid with another substance.  West glued the vials shut and returned them to secure storage.

In September, West administered anesthesia to a patient undergoing laparoscopic surgery and used the left over substance for his own use.  The patient suffered complications and required additional time in the hospital.

He’s being charged with tampering with a consumer product, acquiring and attempting to acquire a controlled substance by fraud and possession of a fire arm by a drug user.

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Kellan Heavican

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