Former EMT receives probation for theft of fentanylBy JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
September 01. 2014 8:42PM
BRENTWOOD — A former EMT who worked at Exeter Hospital was given probation after pleading guilty to stealing a dose of fentanyl that was intended for a patient.
Peter McGlynn was sentenced to 42 months probation in connection with stealing 100 micrograms of fentanyl from Exeter Hospital last Jan. 16. He waived indictment and pleaded guilty in May to obtaining controlled substances by fraud.
A judge sentenced McGlynn on Aug. 28. He could have faced up to four years in state prison and up to a $250,000 fine.
The case prompted the patient, a Stratham woman, to file a civil lawsuit against the hospital last month in Rockingham County Superior Court. McGlynn was authorized to administer the drug at the hospital, court records say. McGlynn was ordered to not possess any other controlled substances and to remain trouble free during his probation, according to a judge’s order. He was also barred from having any weapons.
The civil lawsuit by the female patient came months after another employee diverted fentanyl and caused a Hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital.David Kwiatkowski 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.
His case also set off a number of civil lawsuits, most of which have been settled.
An Exeter Hospital nurse became suspicious of McGlynn’s actions soon after the 33-year-old Stratham woman was admitted to the hospital for a pain in her lower right abdomen.
The woman and her husband drove themselves to the hospital and learned the pain was caused by an ectopic pregnancy, the lawsuit says.
A doctor ordered that the woman receive 100 micrograms of fentanyl.
Attorney Lindsey B. Gray, who represents the woman, claims a nurse delegated to administer the drug left that job to McGlynn.
The nurse later reported her concerns about McGlynn’s behavior to Exeter Hospital.