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Mother stole fentanyl, oxycodone prescribed to terminally ill daughter

Mother stole fentanyl, oxycodone prescribed to terminally ill daughter

A Missouri mother listed because the first caregiver for her 20-365 days-historic terminally in terrible health daughter has been charged with taking the girl's anxiety treatment after the family's doctor tipped off police about suspicious requests to stock up prescriptions.

Ballweg was charged Wednesday with four counts of stealing a controlled substance and two counts of abusing an elderly, disabled or vulnerable person, cops said.

Medical staff at the facility called authorities because of a terminally ill 20-year-old patient they called CM, whose mother, Carol Ballweg, had requested for her Oxycodone and Fentanyl prescriptions earlier than scheduled on several occasions.

Ballweg, who was her daughter's primary caregiver, admitted to police that she had been withholding the painkillers from her daughter so she could feed her addiction.

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Throughout her daughter's illness, Ballweg had asked repeatedly asked for refills for medication to be issued sooner than necessary, according to police. They also advised officers that they found bed sores on CM and that there was already an ongoing investigation on the matter by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

Doctors told police that, due to their concerns, they made a decision to screen CM's urine and on September 7, when they found no traces of her prescribed medication.

Investigators said the suspect confessed to having an addiction to opioids, and also admitted to taking her daughter's medicine.

She was being held at the Lincoln County jail on $100,000 cash bond. "Overdose deaths from opioids, including prescription opioids and heroin, have increased by more than five times since 1999".