KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A Kalamazoo nurse has had her license suspended after allegedly taking the opioid fentanyl from her workplace and replacing it with saline for patient pain control.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) served an order of summary of suspension on Oct. 20 to Alison Marshall, R.N., of Kalamazoo, according to the department yesterday.
The order is a temporary measure to "protect the public" and not a final determination that Marshall has violated the Michigan Public Health Code, the department said.
LARA also served an accompanying four-count administrative complaint against Marshall on Oct. 20.
The complaint alleges that Marshall put numerous patients at risk of receiving saline instead of fentanyl for pain control.
“Protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public is a priority for our department, and in this case, it was important that we take swift action,” LARA Director Orlene Hawks said.
This case was investigated by LARA’s Pharmacy and Drug Monitoring Section.
The division focuses on investigating and pursuing appropriate disciplinary actions against individuals who over prescribe or divert controlled substances, as well as individuals or facilities that over dispense controlled substances.