Colo. legislators promote regulations to prevent drug theft, patient harm

Colorado lawmakers want to tighten background check regulations after an HIV-positive surgical technician at a suburban Denver hospital was caught stealing injectable opioid medications and potentially infecting patients with the virus, reports The New York Times. It's the third case of its kind in Colorado in less than a decade, and healthcare experts say it should be a national concern as well. All staff members with access to drugs and patients must be part of a national registry to better prevent criminals from falling through the cracks, according to The Times article, . A bill proposed in the Colorado state legislature would require surgical techs to pass a fingerprint-based background check and a drug test before being hired at a state facility. "We need more of a national network to get these checks and balances," state Rep. Susan Lontine (D-Denver) told the newspaper. Article

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