Nursing home responds to nurse's claim she stole patient medications

LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - We're tracking new information about a central Kentucky nursing home where, police say, a nurse admitted to stealing medication from patients. Tina Abassi, 36, has been suspended from her job at the Golden Living Center in Lincoln County. On Monday, she pleaded not guilty to wanton endangerment, endangering the welfare of a minor and six drug-related offenses.

Golden Living Center in Stanford responded to the charges against Abassi Tuesday. In an email, the center says the company conducts pre-employment background checks and drug screening for all prospective employees. They say Abassi passed all screenings before she was hired. The statement also says center administrators have not yet found any evidence that medications meant for patients were stolen prior to being administered. The center is also reviewing the process for disposing of unused medications.

Abassi worked at the home as a licensed practical nurse. She was arrested after police went to do a welfare check on her two-year-old daughter last Friday. They say that's when they found Abassi under the influence.

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