A registered nurse was charged Thursday with stealing fentanyl and other drugs from University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.

Leslie R. Neal, 40, of Otterville, was charged in Boone County with one count of stealing a controlled substance, a class D felony and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

No attorney is listed for Neal in court records.

Neal is accused of taking 96 syringes and 16 vials containing fentanyl, four oxycodone tablets and a vial of midazolam, a benzodiazepine, according to a probable statement from MU police officer Kenrick Tucker.

Neal, who was employed at the hospital, used her position to gain access to the drugs, Tucker wrote. The narcotics were valued at $2,504 and stolen for Neal’s personal use.

Neal admitted taking the drugs when confronted by her supervisors on June 12 because of concerns she was coming to work under the influence of drugs, Tucker wrote. She admitted using the drugs while on duty, he wrote.

The thefts alleged occurred between July 2017 and June 2018, he wrote.

"Based on pharmacy audit records there were numerous occasions when while removing medication from the dispensing machine that had been ordered for a patient, Mrs. Neal would remove additional medication that she would later use herself,” Tucker wrote.

The Tribune has asked the hospital for an update on Neal’s employment status and is awaiting a response.

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