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Chicago nursing home fined after residents of a heroin overdose

A bag of heroin and drug paraphernalia are seen at an abandoned house.

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CHICAGO – Illinois and federal health officials are seeking penalties for a total of more than $100,000 from a Chicago nursing home after five residents of a heroin overdose inside the facility in February.

The inhabitants of the mainland Nursing And rehabilitation center were hospitalized and recovered, but Illinois department of public health inspectors claim at least two used heroin for hours and hours after they have been returned to the facility, even though they were supposed to be on the foot to follow.

According to a state inspection report, employees of the rehabilitation facility, the presumption that the residents were looking for drugs from a female visitor, but not intervene or report.

The facility was cited for not monitoring the residents who returned from the hospital.

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has imposed civil monetary penalties totaling $76,000 for alleged violations in the incident, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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The nursing home is contesting the claim of an additional $25,000 fine from the Illinoispublic health department, who said that the facility is not properly checking and the treatment of clients with addiction.

Records also show that in October 2015, the police and the residents alerted staff narcotics abuse within the facility. After searching for rooms, staff restored the necessities for cooking and the photographing of the drugs they handed over to the police.

Continental co-owner Moishe Gubin said that he was not aware of a heroin overdose or other problems in the facility.

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