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Settlement Reached in Nursing Home Drug Diversion Case

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Charles Campagne and the parent companies of Sunrise Assisted Living nursing home, Sunrise Senior Living Management Inc., and Karrington Operating Company Inc., have reached a settlement after Campagne filed a lawsuit alleging the nursing home director was diverting pain medications away from his elderly mother to support her own addictions.

The lawsuit was filed after Marilyn DeDionisio, executive director and nurse at the nursing home was fired when officials found the seals on new bottles of Oxydose, the liquid form of the pain killer oxycodone, were missing.

In January 2008, the Office of the state Attorney General charged DeDionisio with fraudulently possessing prescription painkillers. She later plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of unlawfully possessing prescription drugs and was sentenced to one-year probation.

In 2009, Campagne filed a lawsuit against the nursing home claiming DeDionisio had been diverting pain medications away from his mother, who had suffered a broken hip in 2004 and a spine fracture in 2006, for her own addictions, the Erie Times-News reported.

In the lawsuit, Campagne said that of the 390 mL of Oxydose procured for his mother, only 65 mL was given to her, leaving his mother, Julia D. Yurick, in constant pain.

The terms of the settlement were not released. disclaimer: This article: Settlement Reached in Nursing Home Drug Diversion Case was posted on Monday, January 16th, 2012 at 9:51 pm at and is filed under Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits.

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