Nurse accused of using painkiller

A former Tyrone Hospital nurse faces charges he injected himself with a painkiller before putting the pre-loaded syringe back in the operating room, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.

Brad C. Young, 36, of 2402 Horner Dr., was arraigned Monday on misdemeanor drug and theft charges after an investigation by a Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control agent into the alleged incident June 28 at Tyrone Hospital, according to court records.

At 7:40 a.m. June 28, a nurse anesthetist in Operating Room 1 noticed a syringe pre-loaded with 2 ml of the powerful painkiller Fentanyl had a pink tinge to it, an indication of the possible presence of blood, according to Young’s arrest papers.

The nurse also noticed about 0.5 ml of the drug appeared to be missing from the syringe, and on July 1, Tyrone Hospital’s Director of Performance and Risk Management Amy Vereshack reported it to the state Attorney General’s Office.

All employees of the operating room were interviewed and drug tested and Young’s results came back positive for Fentanyl, police said.

Young, whose registered nurse license is on probation status, allegedly admitted to injecting the 0.5 ml of Fentanyl on June 28. Young allegedly denied taking Fentanyl from the hospital any other time.

Young’s attorney, Michael B. Cohen, and Tyrone Hospital both declined to comment about the incident.

Young remains free on a $30,000 unsecured bond with a preliminary hearing slated for Aug. 27 at Tyrone District Court.

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.