A nurse who works at a Jackson, Mississippi metro area hospital was arrested and charged with the drug of embezzlement.
Jeremy David Duke, 32, gave up his nursing license as a result of the levy, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
“This is one of the many cases that are likely as a result of arrests on the basis of our efforts to crack down on the abuse of medicines in the state of Mississippi,” MBN Director John Dowdy told Fox News. He says that this arrest is part of an effort to tackle the growing opioid problem in the Magnolia State.
According to Dowdy, Duke is suspected of diverting morphine and Dilaudid, which is a brand name for hydromorphine. The case is still under investigation, and Duke can face additional charges.
DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Daniel Comeaux said that his office will not tolerate medical professionals who violate the law.
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“The arrest of Mr. Duke by the DEA and MBN speaks to the seriousness of the growing opioid crisis in this country,” Comeaux said in a press release. “No longer will drug dealers, dressed in lab coats, you are able to hide behind the title of the claim of a medical professional, while pushing this poison into our communities.”
In a separate case, MBN and DEA officials announced the arrest of two nurses for the alleged crimes that prescription drug abuse in Mississippi last week. The officials also say that two doctors forfeit their DEA licenses and a chemist faces civil claim for the alleged abuse around the prescribing of medicines on prescription.
Willie James Inman, is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Jackson, Mississippi. Follow him on twitter: @WillieJames