The technician was fired immediately and the law was contacted. He was arrested and charged with tampering of a consumer product and using deceit to obtain a controlled substance. Both of these charges are felonies.
Because the technician, Rocky Allen, had access to patients' drugs since he started working at the hospital in August 2015, it is suspected that he may have shared their needles, too. After his arrest, he was found to have marijuana and fentanyl in his blood.
To be on the safe side, the hospital decided to contact about 3,000 patients and offered them free testing for hepatitis B and C, and HIV. Allen had also worked at two hospitals in Arizona in 2014, which have also offered free testing to patients there.
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