Drexel Hill EMT Charged With Stealing, Drinking Leftover Morphine

By Robin Culverwell

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (CBS) — A Drexel Hill, Pa. man faces a hearing next week on charges he stole narcotics from his employer, an ambulance company.

Ronald Ferrell, 35, faces a dozen counts of theft, acquisition of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property.

Upper Darby Police Chief Michael Chitwood says the medical technician, who worked for Stat Medical Transport, would empty leftover vials of morphine and fentanyl, and then drink the drugs.

“Here’s a guy who’s trained — a medic, whose job is to help people in distress, in need — and then he’s stealing the very drug that he’s allegedly using to help those people,” says Chitwood.

This was on top of what Ferrell says were legal prescriptions for Percocet and Dilaudid, which Ferrell says he takes for Crohn’s disease.

Chitwood says they have had no complaints from any patients treated by Ferrell.

Police were alerted by the ambulance company, which found morphine and fentanyl disappearing at four times the normal rate when Ferrell was on the job.

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  • Anonymous

    What is it with people posting and not using punctuation? You can’t even tell where one sentence begins and where another one ends. One ‘continuous’ sentence. PUNCTUATION PEOPLE!! PUNCTUATION!!

  • Mr D

    Well to think when you need a good medic yeah he is on his way, opps sorry the medic is going to Rehab to drop himself off, how crazy is that we need to realize that humans are made of errors so many no one can judge this guy he needs help, lots of help! maybe some time in rehab will help because he is first going to jail.. then rehab.. no doubt about this issue.

  • Postman Pat

    Whats even more scary is there is a ‘normal’ rate for Narcotics disappearing….. Does that mean all the EMTs are stealing drugs? Yeah that’s a great message to give out…….

  • Stephanie Palmer

    Why would anyone prefer being numb to life rather than enjoy being alive and alert?

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