Vet technician charged with taking pain medication from Vet Med

Katherine Klingseis

ISU Police charged Kari Lynn Boyer, 35, of Boone, Iowa, on Sept. 14, 2012 with prohibited acts for taking Fentanyl, a pain medication and a schedule II substance, from Iowa State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, according to an ISU Police news release.

Veterinary Medical Center officials notified the police after realizing the center had a shortage of Fentanyl. The news release said the officials suspected Boyer had taken the medication — she was a veterinary technician and had access to the supply of Fentanyl. 

According to the news release, records showed Boyer removed the medicine without properly accounting for its use. The release said the records showed 19,000 micrograms of Fentanyl were missing.

ISU Police, with help from the Central Iowa Drug Task Force, obtained and executed a search warrant at Boyer’s residence. According to the release, police found syringes, rubber tubing and Fentanyl vials at Boyer’s residence. 

Police also found clear liquid in several syringes and vials, which the police sent to the state crime laboratory for analysis. 

Boyer turned herself in to the Story County Jail, and her bond was set at $10,000. Boyer admitted to the police that she had been taking Fentanyl from Veterinary Medicine since December 2011, the release said. 

The charge brought against Boyer is classified as a class “C” felony, which is punishable by not more than 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of no more than $10,000.