BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Central Oregon long-term facilities have one of the highest rates of prescription drug theft in the state.
The Bend Bulletin reports that with 15.8 cases of medication theft per 1,000 beds/units in a long-term care facility, Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties have the second-highest rate in the state since 2009.
Grant, Harney and Malheur counties have the highest rate with 16.2 theft cases per 1,000 beds/units.
According to records obtained by The Bulletin, the Oregon Aging and People with Disabilities Division has investigated 29 cases of medication theft that have taken place at 17 long-term care facilities in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties since 2009.
In each of Central Oregon's medication theft cases, investigators suspect the thefts were committed by facility employees who were given access to restricted areas.