Report shows misuse of drugs by former ambulance director

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A report by the state comptroller's office says the former director of the Bledsoe County Ambulance Service took at least $2,500 worth of the drugs morphine and Demerol for personal use.

Authorities launched an inquiry after receiving a report of excessive purchases of controlled substances by the ambulance service.

The comptroller's report details how the former director forged the signature of the county medical director on Drug Enforcement Administration order forms on at least 17 occasions. Those forms were presented to pharmacies for purchases billed to Bledsoe County.

The former director resigned earlier this year. The results of the investigation have been reported to the local district attorney.

As a matter of policy, the comptroller's office does not identify individuals who haven't been charged.

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