Tue. Nov 19th, 2019

Man pleads guilty in an opioid theft case

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Man plead guilty to two counts of possession of controlled substance, namely Methylphenidate (commonly known as Ritalin) and Oxycodone, an opioid pain medication. As the drugs were stolen from Belau National Hospital Pharmacy, he plead guilty to theft in second degree as well.

In the first plea hearing that took place last month, the court had rejected the plea of Morgan Salvador as he appeared pro se.

Salvador is sentenced to five years of supervised probation under the condition that he reports to Behavioral Health for evaluation of his addiction and seek treatment.

Salvador who worked at Belau National Hospital Pharmacy plead guilty Ritalin, a central nervous system stimulant used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Oxycodone, an opioid pain medication for his own personal use.

World Health Organization factsheet about opioid suggests that Opioids are psychoactive substances derived from the opium poppy, or their synthetic analogues.

Opioid meds are hence given only on prescription and are in a list of controlled substances as opioid are considered addictive.

As of last 2018, the trump administration has taken up an initiative ‘Stop opioid abuse’.

Salvador was initially charged with five counts in total. Along with two counts of possession of controlled substance and one count of theft, he also faced charges of commercial offenses and fraudulent practices.

Two charges were dismissed by the court in return of his guilty plea. The condition of his probation includes restitution to the Ministry of Health.  (By Eshan Kalyanikar)