An ex-nursing home employee from Illinois has been charged with neglect and unlawful distribution of morphine in connection with the deaths of six residents. This follows after investigators suspected morphine was involved in the death of six residents in the past three years. The nurse was put on administrative leave in October 2006. Prosecutors declined to comment on any links between the investigation and the deaths. However, this case does illustrate the potential for abuse and neglect in nursing homes.
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