An employee of a South Jersey fertility clinic is accused of swiping dozens of doses of the powerful narcotic fentanyl.
Evesham Township police responded to the South Jersey Fertility Clinic along Lippincott Drive in Marlton on May 14 after 60 doses the synthetic opioid went missing from a locked medication box.
Investigators later determined that Amanda Alexander, a new employee at the clinic, took the pain medication, which the CDC says is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine.
Alexander also used a doctor’s electronic prescription account to prescribe herself other pain medications on four separate occasions, police and the clinic said.
The 30-year-old Gibbstown resident was later charged with narcotics fraud, drug possession and medication theft, police said.
Alexander is free on her own recognizance awaiting her next court date.
NBC10 was unable to find a phone number for Alexander so that she could comment on the charges. A message left on a social media account appearing to belong to Alexander wasn’t returned.
The clinic fired Alexander, who had worked there for less than six months, a spokeswoman told NBC10.
The fertility clinic said it complies with all rules and regulations about pain medications and also does full background checks on new hires.
"The medication in question is standardly used to provide pain control and sedation during invasive procedures," the clinic said in a prepared statement supplied to NBC10. "We adhere to all clinical guidelines regarding its use and storage. As soon a discrepancy in this tracking was noted, SJFC self-reported this to law enforcement and SJFC fully cooperated in the ensuing investigation."
Correction (June 4, 2019at 3:23 p.m.): This story has been updated to clarify that the prescriptions were allegedly written for other pain medications.