Hundreds of medications go through the Memorial Hospital pharmacy every day.
Vials of ephedrine go to the operating room.
"Patients in surgery receive this when their blood pressure drops," explained Memorial Administrator Michael Heinrichs.
48 tiny vials disappeared between February 9th and the 11th. Police say someone went into an operating room and took them from a locked medicine cart. Administrators say the suspect knew what they were doing.
"The average patient or visitor would not be able to access these drugs or any other drugs in the building," Heinrichs said.
The question is one of motive.
Doctors use ephedrine to regulate blood pressure and say they're not aware anyone would use it recreationally. Unless, police say, it's mixed with a number of other chemicals.
"If you don't have ephedrine, you can't make meth," said a metro V-N-I officer.
"They might be using it to make meth and that is frustrating. It's just one more thing we have to deal with on the street," he said.
48 vials put all together equates to only about 2.4 grams-a small amount valued at just less than $26.
In the meantime, the hospital is considering all possibilities, including the chance the disappearance could be an oversight and taking steps to insure all drugs stay secure.
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