Narcotics reported missing from Columbus fire ambulances

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An investigation by authorities in Columbus has found that several bottles of medications went missing from two fire department ambulances during a 24-hour period in March.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1DvJIjD ) that one of the drugs was fentanyl, a powerful narcotic that has been mistakenly used by heroin addicts and has been attributed to a rising number of overdose deaths. The other missing drug was used to treat people with seizures.

A deputy fire chief told the newspaper that an investigation could not find a valid reason the drugs were missing.

A subsequent review found by authorities found broken and malfunctioning locks on drug compartments in 13 ambulances and out-of-date record-keeping.

Columbus police are investigating and have questioned several firefighters.

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