Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Missouri Mom Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Terminally Ill Daughter's Pain Meds

Missouri Mom Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Terminally Ill Daughter's Pain Meds

A Missouri mother is accused of stealing and using medication meant for her terminally ill daughter.

Carol Ballweg, 46, has been charged with four felony counts of stealing a controlled substance and two misdemeanor counts of abusing an elderly, disabled or vulnerable person, according to online court records.

State health officials were already investigating when hospice staff raised suspicions, claiming Ballweg repeatedly asked for her daughter's prescriptions ahead of schedule, per the Kansas City Star.

A Missouri mom admitted to stealing her own daughter's pain medications instead of giving them to her.

A drug screen revealed no signs of the prescribed medication in the 20-year-old woman's system, and at that time, her prescriptions were no longer filled.

The urine screen came back negative of the daughter's prescribed drugs, which prompted a search warrant to be executed on September 11.at Ballweg's home.

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Staff members at Troy Family Practice were treating the 20-year-old woman when they began to suspect her mother was not giving her the prescribed doses of Fentanyl and Oxycodone for pain.

During the investigation, Ballweg told police she was addicted to opioids and confessed to taking her daughter's medicine and using it herself.

Ballweg, who was her daughter's primary caregiver, admitted to police that she had been withholding the painkiller oxycodone from her daughter so she could feed her addiction.

The judge set the bond at $100,000 cash, with the condition that Ballweg makes no contact with the victim. The agency cited the growing number of prescription opioid-related overdoses and deaths in the country.

"Drug overdose deaths, including those involving opioids, continue to increase in the United States", the CDC said.

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