Several nursing homes may have provided powerful prescription drugs such as Fentanyl and OxyContin to patients without a doctor’s authorization which is a violation of federal rules. The drugs were in labeled “emergency kit boxes” intended for use when a doctor is not available or when a patient is waiting for a prescription to be filled. Federal rules on dispensing drugs were not followed, including rules on filing required paperwork. While such kits are standard in many nursing homes, concern has been rising about whether the medication in such kits is being monitored closely enough. These create a chance of medical mistakes and stolen drugs. The nursing homes are still under investigation for supposed nursing home abuse. The investigation has revealed that a patient was given Fentanyl without a written prescription because of a emergency situation. If you are worried about a nursing home’s emergency drugs, consult an Illinois lawyer. To read more about the nursing home negligence, please click the link.