Illinois CNA Jeremiah Healless pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance as part of an agreement in which he was also ordered to undergo substance abuse treatment while in jail. He was sentenced to two years in prison.
Healless was a CNA at Fair Oaks Health Care Center in Crystal Lake, Illinois when he entered a ninety-two year old Alzheimer resident’s room, poked holes in her Fentanyl patch, pinched it to get the drug to come out, and licked the painkiller off of his fingers. According to the woman’s son, the Fentanyl pain patch was the only way that his mother could remain pain-free. Healless was caught on video tampering with the woman’s pain patch. To read more about this incident, click here to read our blog.
Tampering with pain medication is abuse. Unfortunately, more and more Illinois residents are suffering abuse and neglect at the hands of those paid to care for them. If you would like to receive a free book entitled 5 Things You Must Know About Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect in Illinois written by Illinois nursing home abuse attorney David Terry, go to www.IllinoisNursingHomeABuseBook.com. There is no cost to you and no obligation.