November 18 2019
OREGON CITY - A lead nurse from Willamette Falls Hospital reported to police that a former employee had been caught stealing narcotics. The nurse said this incident was related to a similar call they had made to police the night before on March 30, 2011. The previous evening, hospital staff had reported that somebody was stealing Dilaudid from a pain pump. Dilaudid is a Schedule 2, morphine narcotic in liquid form.
Oregon City Police arrived to find that hospital staff had detained Catherina Hansen (dob: 06-15-59). Ms. Hansen was wearing a blonde wig, red glasses and a white lab coat.
Hospital staff determined that someone had stolen 24.6 mg of Dilaudid from a patient's room on 3-30-11. The Dilaudid was kept in a syringe, inside a locked pain pump. This meant that a key was required to access the medication. This particular pump showed that the patient had not received any medication, through most of the narcotic in the syringe was gone. They alerted hospital employees to look out for suspicious people who might be stealing medication.
On 03-31-11, a nurse found Ms. Hansen in the hallway at about 11:10 pm. This nurse recognized Ms. Hansen, though she was wearing a disguise. The nurse asked Ms. Hansen what she was doing in the hospital; she claimed she was a student.
Ms. Hansen is a registered nurse who worked in IV Therapy at the Willamette Falls Hospital. Ms. Hansen quit her job in January, told police she suffers from chronic pain and police reports state she considered herself an addict. On the previous date, Ms. Hansen was apparently wearing a lab coat and a brown wig, when she stole the narcotics.
Ms. Hansen was found in possession of a key for the pain pump and an empty 30 ml syringe, which she was going to use to replace the syringe she planned to take on this date (03-31-11). Each 30 ml syringe holds 30 mg of Dilaudid. The value of the stolen Dilaudid is $319.55.
Ms. Hansen was taken into custody and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on Possession of a Controlled Substance (PCS) , Theft II, Attempted Theft II and Attempted PCS.
On April 21, 2011, the case went to Grand Jury at the Clackamas County Courthouse. Ms. Hansen was indicted on 1 count of Possession of a Controlled Substance and 1 count of Theft II. Police are waiting for a judge to sign an arrest warrant, which will be entered into our computer system. This will be taking place any time in the near future.
The abuse of prescription medication has become as prevalent a problem for police with drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine.