Nursing home residents overdose on heroin hours after being released from hospital where they were treated for heroin overdose
|The Continental Nursing & Rehabilitation Center|
(Scroll down for video) Police launched an investigation after several nursing home residents overdosed on heroin twice, according to police in Illinois.
Chicago police said that the incident unfolded at the Continental Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
At least five residents were found unresponsive following a heroin overdose. The residents were rushed to the hospital, where they were treated and released.
However, just several hours later, two residents overdosed on heroin again. One of the two residents overdosed on heroin a third time.
Police said that following the first heroin overdose, staff members were warned that the residents should be under close watch.
Apparently, nobody cared enough to watch the drug addicts. In another case, a resident was found unconscious on the floor near his bed beside five packages of heroin.
The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has imposed a fine of $76,000 while the state health department issued a $25,000 fine.