A reported drug-addicted Missouri mother was charged Wednesday for allegedly stealing her terminally ill daughter's pain medications police say.
She faces stealing and abuse charges of a vulnerable person.
Troy, Missouri police say Carol Ballweg failed to give her 20-year-old daughter pain medication while she was under hospice care.
Carol Ballweg was charged with stealing her terminally ill daughter's medication.
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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.
Concerns over these incidents prompted doctors to request a drug screen of the patient's urine.
Medical staff had made several "hotline" calls to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), expressing concerns about Ballweg and the care her daughter was receiving. The results, which were released on September 7, showed that there is no trace of the prescribed pain medication in the patient's system.
Ballweg, who was her daughter's primary caregiver, admitted to police that she had been withholding the painkiller oxycodone from her daughter so she could feed her addiction.
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Staff members at Troy Family Practice were treating the 20-year-old woman when they began to suspect her mother was not giving her the prescribed doses of Fentanyl and Oxycodone for pain. They also found the victim had bed sores.
"Drug overdose deaths, including those involving opioids, continue to increase in the United States", the CDC said.
She was being held at the Lincoln County jail on $100,000 cash bond.
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