Nursing home fined after residents test positive for cocaine

News 23/09/2019

A nursing home in the US has been fined after four residents tested positive for cocaine.

According to Connecticut's Department of Public Health (DPH), the case dates back to last April when one of the residents at RegalCare in New Haven tested positive after they were seen handing a dollar bill with white powder on it to another person.

The resident handed the bill reportedly had an opioid dependency and also tested positive for the drug.

The DPH also stated that on one month later another resident was found unresponsive on the floor and later tested positive for the same drug.

Just a few days later the facility received a phone call from a methadone clinic informing them another resident had tested positive for cocaine.

The resident said they had been given the substance by another resident, who claimed to have received it from a nurse aide, who was reportedly fired shortly after.