A woman who diluted morphine and kept some for herself while treating patients at a Gulf Breeze nursing home was convicted Wednesday by a Santa Rosa County jury. According to a release from State Attorney Bill Eddins, Lisa Macan was convicted of neglect of an elderly person, possession of a controlled substance and petit theft.
Circuit Judge Marci Goodman remanded Macan, 47, of Gulf Breeze, to custody in the county jail and set her sentencing for July 31. Macan faces a maximum of 10 years state prison.
While Macan was working as a licensed practical nurse at a Gulf Breeze nursing home, one of her elderly 92 year-old hospice patients received several doses of diluted morphine that failed to abate the patient's pain. Another nurse noticed the prescription was not working and thought the prescription appeared to be watered down.
The nursing home administration notified the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. A pharmacist tested the morphine and found it had been diluted. Macan admitted to taking the patient’s morphine, a controlled substance, for her own use and adding water to the bottle, so that her theft would go undetected.