Fort Riley nurse sentenced to three years

By Katherine Wartell

A Fort Riley nurse was sentenced to three years in federal prison for stealing morphine from a nursing facility in Salina, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

Melanie French Morrison, 25, Fort Riley, plead guilty to one count of consumer product tampering and one count of adulteration of a drug.

In Aug. 2009, Morrison went to work as a charge nurse at Holiday Resort Nursing Facility in Salina. Morrison took syringes from the medical room and removed morphine from its vials and replaced it with sodium chloride to hide the theft. She took the morphine-filled syringes home and injected the morphine.

In Feb. 2010, a nursing director was preparing an injection for a patient, when she discovered that someone had tampered with multiple vials.

The nurse director asked Morrison to submit a urine drug test, which was positive for opiates.

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