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Police: Nurse Stole Drugs, Found With Syringe in Arm

Police: Nurse Stole Drugs, Found With Syringe in Arm

The Orlando Sentinel

September 12, 2009

Propofol is not just for Michael Jackson.

Kissimmee police on Thursday found registered anesthetist Teresa Fowler-Platkin slumped over in her black Mercedes-Benz with a syringe sticking out of her arm, blood on her skin and a bag full of stolen drugs, including Propofol, in her car.

The powerful sedative, Propofol, is thought to be a contributing factor in the death of singing superstar Michael Jackson.

Platkin, 36, of Windermere, faces charges of petty theft and possession of drugs without a prescription. She is at the Osceola County Jail on a $500 bond.

Officers said they believed Platkin was in pain when they found her in her car in a parking lot off Fountain Head Circle at 1:15 p.m. When they approached her car, the noticed the blood and syringe in her arm.

She removed the syringe and told police she had stolen the drugs from the Kissimmee Surgical Center, where she works as a registered anesthetist. A nurse at the medical office identified the drugs and said Platkin did not have a prescription for the medications.

The drugs found in a bag included xylocaine, an strong anesthetic; tobramycin, an antibiotic; and dexamethasone and ketorolac tromethamine, two anti-inflammatory drugs.

Police also found blood covered surgical gloves and a blue rubber band, used to constrict the blood flow. The bag also contained two syringes and two needles.

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