News from the End of Life

Nurse supervisor accused of stealing pain meds

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has announced charges against a Howell, MI, nursing home nurse supervisor, accusing him of stealing prescription painkillers from hospice patients. Jeffrey Joseph Wolos, 32, of Swartz Creek, MI, was arraigned in 53 District Court in Howell. The charges arise from a chain of events at Medilodge nursing home in Howell, culminating on Dec. 8, 2003.

Cox alleges that Wolos tampered with and stole patients’ pain-relief medications and delivery systems. Wolos faces three charges: one count of knowingly possessing a Schedule II narcotic drug; larceny by stealing prescription medication; and physical abuse or harmful neglect of a patient by removing or diminishing the strength and content of prescribed medications for control of chronic pain.