Collier EMS worker arrested in theft of pain medication

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NAPLES, Fla.- A Collier County EMS worker told police he was planning to commit suicide when he allegedly stole pain medication from an ambulance.

Collier County EMS Chief Walter Kopka confirms 34-year-old Andrew Seager is currently on unpaid leave.

Collier County deputies say Seager, who has worked as a paramedic in the county for 10 years, allegedly stole two vials of Dilaudid from the ambulance he was assigned to on January 11.

Seagar was also identified as a suspect in an investigation into the tampering of two vials of the same painkiller in February 2015.

According to arrest reports, Seager admitted that he took the viles, but said he wanted to use the drugs to commit suicide. He later changed his mind and destroyed the stolen viles, the reports said.

A Collier County spokesperson says Seager was allowed to continue working with the public because he, along with other paramedics, were drug tested and all of the tests came back negative.

After the first incident, EMS placed a tamper-evident seal on the medications so they would know if someone tampered with the drug.

WINK News reached out to Seager but he declined to comment. Seager is facing charges of grand theft of a controlled substance.

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