OKLAHOMA CITY — A paramedic is going to prison after tampering with fentanyl and ketamine vials while working for an air ambulance company, authorities said.
A judge sentenced Colin Andrew Davis, 34, to six months behind bars, followed by three years of probation, according to U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing.
Authorities said Davis removed fentanyl and ketamine from vials and replaced them with a saline solution. He was charged in November 2017.
Medical professionals had administered fentanyl to three patients and ketamine to one patient before Davis admitted to his employer that he had tampered with the vials.
Davis’ employer wasn’t named by prosecutors.
In one instance, authorities said, “a flight had to be canceled because Davis was so confused and disoriented he was unable to perform his duties.”
“When medical professionals tamper with pharmaceuticals, the risk of patient harm warrants criminal prosecution, particularly when the patients at issue are so badly injured they need emergency evacuation,” Downing said in a statement. “I am thankful to the Food and Drug Administration for its partnership in addressing the opioid crisis.”