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Theft of 24,000 painkillers from Salt Lake VA hospital under investigation

Theft of 24,000 painkillers from Salt Lake VA hospital under investigation

(KUTV) A former veterans' hospital employee is accused of stealing painkillers from the facility.

According to our news partner, The Salt Lake Tribune, a former pharmacy supervisor worked around security at the VA and created fake patients to cover up taking 24,000 painkillers and 25 vials of testosterone.

Investigators have been looking into the case for close to a year, but at this point, no one has been charged.

The Veterans' Affairs office in Salt Lake City released a statement Wednesday saying they have taken action.

"As soon as we became aware of irregularities in prescription distribution, we immediately notified the inspector general abd the Drug Enforcement Agency, who are now working with the U.S. Attorney's Office. The VA in Salt Lake City has since cooperated fully with the investigation. Clearly, we regret that this diversion occurred."

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