I saw this story and thought of all the residents who suffered pain as a result of his intentional act. This is why supervision of nursing home employees is crucial.

A 40-year-old nurse who pleaded guilty to switching out painkillers meant for nursing home patients has been sentenced to just over five years in prison.

Michael Paul Smith of Falmouth was charged with tampering consumer products and health care fraud.  Smith may face mandatory exclusion from working in any federal health care program.

Prosecutors say he removed pills containing oxycodone and morphine by separating the cardboard backing from blistercards and substituted the pills for similar-looking medication nearly two years ago.

He was employed at the Odd Fellows Nursing Home in Worcester at the time.

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