Prosecutors: LI Man Got High Using Medical Waste

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A licensed practical nurse was stealing medical waste from nursing homes in Suffolk County to feed a drug addiction, authorities said Thursday.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

fentanyl Prosecutors: LI Man Got High Using Medical Waste

Medical waste found dumped at Benton Park in Bay Shore. (Handout)

Prosecutors say Erick St. Louis, 33, of Shirley, removed trash bags containing blood vials, needles and pills from dumpsters at South Shore medical facilities at least seven times a year.

St. Louis apparently searched for fentanyl skin patches, a powerful synthetic drug used for pain management primarily by cancer patients, in order to get high, prosecutors said.

“He was actually sucking the residue of the patch as he described it to us the way you would eat an artichoke,” Sufflk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

The narcotic skin patch is up to 100 times stronger than morphine and it is becoming a drug of choice for addicts, Spota said.

After getting the patches, St. Louis is accused of dumping the toxic medical waste in at least four locations, including a Bay Shore playground.

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  1. otto says:

    Our friend Erick clearly has a very serious addiction problem. I really hope he gets the help he needs … not just time behind bars. He should not have disposed of the waste in such an unsafe manner. A playground is an obvious poor choice😦

  2. C.J. says:

    What a bum

  3. t says:

    The state of new york is very sick when people can look like that and retain employment in any type of health care field. The same goes for the idiots that employ this thing even if its in a private home.

  4. CSI says:

    wow. Now thats sick. Used patches? Come on. If you are going to be a junky at least be a responsible one and place the bag back. A playground???

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