Former Camas fire captain’s credentials suspended for stealing painkiller

By Marissa Harshman, Columbian health reporter

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Updated: May 16, 2011, 6:18 PM

 

The state has suspended the credentials of former Camas Fire Department captain and paramedic Bradley Allen, who stole a narcotic painkiller from the department for his own use.

The Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems program entered into an agreement with Allen this month. Allen’s credentials are suspended for at least 66 months, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

In January, Allen was sentenced to more than two years in prison for stealing the narcotic painkiller fentanyl citrate from the department and its ambulance over a period of three years. He was also sentenced to three years of post-prison supervision and ordered to pay $8,000 in restitution for the cost of the drug.

Allen, 61, had been working for the department for 22 years when paramedics who were taking inventory May 6, 2010 on an ambulance found that an injectable vial containing the painkiller had been tampered with, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

An investigation found Allen filled the empty fentanyl vials with water on May 6. No patients were injected with the water or otherwise harmed, Camas officials said.

Paramedics use small doses of fentanyl to relieve chest pains during heart attacks.