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Police investigate UPMC patient's attempt to steal painkiller

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Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Pittsburgh police are investigating an incident at UPMC St. Margaret in which an unidentified female patient tried to steal pain medication from another patient, officials said Monday.

A male patient reported that on Jan. 4 an unknown woman entered his room and spoke to him while he was watching TV, police said. The patient noticed during the conversation that his intravenous line with painkiller medication was shaking. He notified a nurse, who arrived after the woman left the room and discovered the line was punctured.

Police believe the woman tried to steal the painkiller by puncturing the line with a syringe. Officials have not made an arrest in the case. Officials at UPMC declined to comment.

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