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‘Egregious’: ICU nurse allegedly swapped patients’ liquid fentanyl with non-sterile tap water

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Dani Mari Schofield in court on June 14, 2024. (KOMO screenshot) and Asante Rogue Regional Hospital (Google Maps)

A 36-year-old former nurse in Oregon is facing a slew of felonies for allegedly stealing liquid fentanyl prescribed to patients and replacing the drug with non-sterile tap water. Dani Mari Schofield was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with 44 counts of second-degree assault over the “drug diversion” scheme, authorities announced.

According to a news release from the Medford, Oregon Police Department, the arrest took place at about 12:30 p.m. in the 5000 block of Rogue River Drive, about 260 miles south of Portland.

The seven-month investigation into Schofield began in early December 2023, when officials with Asante Rogue Regional Hospital contacted police and reported being concerned with the “rising number of central line infection cases” they were seeing among patients in their care. The hospital conducted an internal investigation with the help of outside medical experts and determined that all of the infection cases were isolated to patients in the Intensive Care Unit, and they all happened within a specific date range. That report was provided to the police.

Due to the magnitude of the case, the department said it dedicated several full-time detectives. Investigators said they spent months “pouring through volumes of hospital records” and interviewed more than 100 individuals, including doctors, nurses, patients, and many of the victims.

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