Nurse Accused of Stealing Drugs from Patient

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Prosecutors claim a Minnesota nurse took
painkillers from a patient who was supposed to be sedated before
surgery.

Thirty-three-year-old Sarah May Casareto of Forest Lake was charged Wednesday with one count of theft of a controlled substance.

She allegedly told officers she was addicted to pain medications.

According to the criminal complaint, she told a patient at a Minneapolis hospital who was about to have kidney stones surgically
removed that he would have to "man up" because she could not give
him a lot of medication. The complaint says she gave the man such a
small dose of medication that he was writhing in pain on the operating table.

Casareto no longer works at the hospital and did not immediately
return a phone message left by The Associated Press.

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