Former Exeter Hospital EMT pleads guilty to fentanyl theft
Peter McGlynn waived indictment and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday to obtaining controlled substances by fraud for taking 100 micrograms of fentanyl last Jan. 16.
He is expected to be sentenced on Aug. 28.
McGlynn was authorized to administer controlled substances at the hospital and had access to them on his own, according to court records.
A nurse became suspicious about his claim that he administered the drug to a female patient through an IV, prosecutors said. The patient told the nurse that she was still in pain.
“(McGlynn) insisted that he had administered fentanyl to the patient and showed the nurse an empty vial,” Assistant U.S. Attorney John Farley said in a court motion.
The nurse obtained a doctor's order to administer the patient another 50 micrograms of fentanyl to the patient and she almost immediately felt relief, prosecutors said. The nurse reported her concerns about McGlynn to Exeter Hospital. That prompted hospital officials to make McGlynn undergo a fitness for duty evaluation, court records say.
McGlynn had to provide a urine sample as part of the evaluation. “A laboratory analysis of the urine sample provided by the defendant detected the presence of several drugs, including fentanyl,” Farley said in a court motion. McGlynn had denied taking the drug.
McGlynn could face up to a four years in state prison and up to a $250,000 fine, but he will likely get a lesser sentence in exchange of his guilty plea.
Fentanyl was the same drug that was stolen by David Kwiatkowski, who was sentenced in December for infecting 32 patients at Exeter Hospital between April 2011 and May 2012 through drug diversion.
He spread hepatitis C to unwitting hospital patients by injecting himself with the painkiller then allowed the dirty needles to be used by patients. He is currently serving a 39-year federal prison sentence.