A former Antigo veterinarian is facing criminal charges after he's accused of stealing pain medication from the Antigo Vet Clinic and watering down the product to hide the incident.
The investigation began in March 2013, after court documents say another employee says she saw 27-year-old Benjamin Blandin accessing drugs from the supply lockbox. The employee told investigators Blandin was not to be using supplies from that lockbox unless it was after hours. The employee also stated Blandin did not have any patients at the time.
After initially denying any wrong doing, the criminal complaint states Blandin admitted to taking morphine, hydromorphone and hydrocodone from the clinic. An internal investigation accuses Blandin of adding water to the bottles he reportedly stole from.
In addition to two counts of possession of narcotic drugs, possession of a controlled substance, and theft; Blandin is expected to be charged with mistreating animals, as a cat suffered an anesthesia crisis during surgery. Another clinic doctor questioned if it could be do to tampering.
The criminal complaint cites the dollar value of the alleged stolen drugs to be $462.
Blandin was fired from the clinic on April 5 as result of an internal investigation.
The clinic released this statement:
"Dr. Benjamin Blandin was suspended from employment at the Antigo Veterinary Clinic on Monday, March 4th upon his confession to us that he was using controlled substances, and subsequently terminated (3/6) from employment. The Antigo Veterinary Clinic has taken all measures to ensure the safety of our patients and is taking legal action against Dr. Blandin."
Blandin is expected to be formally charged on July 15. Online court records now list him as having an Indiana address.
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