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The Channel 9 Eyewitness News website is reporting allegations that an employee of Pathways to Care in Casselberry has been using illegal drugs and abusing patients. The assisted living facility worker is being accused of smoking crack cocaine on the property, stealing prescription medications, and verbally abusing residents.

Channel 9 attempted to get a statement from the head nurse at the facility but was directed to Catholic Charities. A representative from the Diocese of Orlando was unavailable for comment.

William Teague, Florida Department of Elder Affairs, was quoted,

“They’ve drug tested this employee in question and they’ve also put her on administrative leave until the disposition of the drug test comes back,”

… “

When we reviewed her file, there were documentation in there indicating she had been counseled before about the way she talked to residents or treated them.”

The article reports that Pathways to Care has been investigated by the state for various complaints 17 times since it opened approximately 4 years ago, usually for releasing a patient with no where else to go – 4 times found to be in violation.

For more information on Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect.

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