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Nurse pleads guilty to tampering with fentanyl vials intended for patients

A nurse has pleaded guilty to tampering with fentanyl vials intended for patients at a fertility clinic.  49-year old Donna Monticone of Oxford worked at the Yale Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility clinic, ordering and inventorying a variety of narcotics used by the clinic. 

Monticone was accused of stealing fentanyl for her own use and reinjected saline into vials so that it would appear as if none of the narcotics were missing.  Fentanyl is a component of a cohort of drugs used by Yale physicians during outpatient surgical procedures to anesthetize patients and protect them from feeling pain.  About 75 percent of the fentanyl given to patients at the clinic from June 2020 to October was adulterated with saline.  Some of the vials contained diluted fentanyl, while others contained no drug at all and contained just saline.

In November, Monticone brought approximately 175 vials of fentanyl that she had taken from the Yale REI clinic and discarded them in waste containers at the clinic. 

Sentencing is set for May 25th.  Monticone faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.  She was released on a $50,000 bond pending sentencing and has surrendered her nursing license.