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O'Fallon Woman Stole Needles, Drugs from Hospital Biohazard Container

Jamie Pohl, 27, was a former employee. She told police she's addicted to pain medication after she was caught stealing syringes and drugs from Progress West Healthcare Center in O'Fallon.

Security guards caught a former employee stealing drugs and syringes from a locked biohazard container on a surgery floor Thursday, Police said.

The woman, Jamie M. Pohl, 27, of the first block of Lamplighter Lane in O’Fallon, was fired from  in January 2011, and was given a trespassing warning by the hospital.

Pohl was charged Friday with stealing a controlled substance and illegally possessing a controlled substance.

said Pohl ran when confronted by security guards and discarded a plastic bag with many vials as she ran away. The vials contained fentanyl and hydromorphone.

Pohl told police she is addicted to hydromorphone and other pain medications, and confessed to stealing pain medication from the hospital about 10 times since being fired, according to a police report.

Bond was set at $30,000.

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