A Missouri mother listed because the first caregiver for her 20-365 days-historic terminally in awful health daughter has been charged with taking the girl's anxiety treatment after the family's doctor tipped off police about suspicious requests to stock up prescriptions.
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.
Officials said Ballweg was the primary caregiver for her 20-year-old daughter now in hospice care, identified as "CM" on the release.
A Missouri mom admitted to stealing her own daughter's pain medications instead of giving them to her.
The medical staff has made numerous hotline calls regarding the 20-year-old patient's care, particularly because Ballweg had been asking for her daughter's medications to be filled ahead of schedule several times.
After early drug refill requests and an ongoing probe by the Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services, doctors requested Ballweg's daughter - identified as CM - to have her urine tested.
"During the course of the investigation Ballweg admitted to having an addiction to opioids".
Her bond was set at $100,000, and a judge ordered that she cut off contact with her daughter.
"Drug overdose deaths, including those involving opioids, continue to increase in the United States", the CDC said.