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Katya was glad to see Mr. Randall when he returned from his visit with his family. He had been feeling depressed the last few days, and she knew that seeing his family always cheered him up.

After Mr. Randall’s family said their good-byes, Katya helped to get him settled. She asked him about the visit and where they went. She enjoyed hearing him talk about going to his great-nephew’s house for a birthday party. As she was putting away his coat, Katya heard something fall to the floor and roll into the closet. When she reached into the back of the closet, she pulled out a half-full bottle of pills labeled oxycodone.

Katya asked Mr. Randall where the pills were from, and he tried to explain that it was just some candy one of his grandchildren had given him. Katya opened the bottle, and the pills did not look like candy; they looked like oxycodone. Because oxycodone is such a powerful painkiller and Mr. Randall had no prescription for the pills, she worried that he had picked them up for another reason. Rather than agitate him with accusations and questions, Katya put the pills in her uniform pocket and left Mr. Randall to watch TV until dinnertime.

Katya brought the bottle of pills to the nurse on duty and described to her what happened. The nurse said she was going to go check on Mr. Randall and requested Katya call the chaplain, explain the situation, and ask him to talk with Mr. Randall because Mr. Randall may need some counseling for his depression.

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A Pill Bottle

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Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners