Former paramedic sentenced for stealing using painkiller

first_imgBradley Curtis Allen, a fired Camas Fire Department captain and paramedic, has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for stealing the narcotic painkiller fentanyl citrate from the department for his own use, and endangering heart-attack victims over a period of three years.Allen, 60, had been working for the department for 22 years when, last May 7, paramedics who were taking inventory on an ambulance found that an injectable vial containing the drug had been tampered with, according to a bulletin from Emily Langlie, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.An investigation showed that all of the department’s fentanyl was missing from its storage areas.Paramedics use small doses of fentanyl, mainly to relieve chest pains during heart attacks. It’s preferred to morphine, which causes more side effects, an official said.Besides being sentenced to 27 months in prison for product tampering Friday, in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Allen has been ordered to serve three years of supervision after he’s released. He also was ordered to pay about $8,000 in restitution for the cost of the drug, Langlie said.Allen is not currently in custody. Instead, Langlie said, the federal Bureau of Prisons will notify him when and where to report to begin serving his time.last_img

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