Med Thefts

Caitlin Russell filed this request with the Department of Public Health of Massachusetts.
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Due March 23, 2017
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Caitlin Russell

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

-The number of medication thefts reported to the DPH from 2010-2016. I'm seeking information about thefts from all facilities monitored by the DPH including hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, day habs, schools, etc.
-Any and all audits concerning medication thefts conducted by the DPH on the various facilities (mentioned above) it is tasked with monitoring from 2010 to 2016.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Caitlin Russell

From: Department of Public Health

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: Waitt, Maureen (DPH)

Dear Caitlin Russell,
Thank you for contacting the MA Department of Public Health. I received your public records request today and it is being processed.

You will receive an official response within 10 calendar days.

Thank you,

Maureen Waitt on behalf of:

Patricia Depew, RN, BSN
Manager of Administration and Health Care Facility Constituent Services
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Recertification
99 Chauncy Street
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617-753-8117<>

From: Depew, Patricia (DPH)

Re: Public Records Request BHCSQ # 16-411

Dear Ms. Russell,

Attached please find our 10 day response to your public records request. You will receive additional information as soon as it is available.
Best regards,
Patricia Depew

From: Depew, Patricia (DPH)

Dear Ms. Russell,

I have been working with the program that holds the records you request. I am in the process of writing up the cost estimate for the request. I will send it to you as soon as possible.

Patricia Depew

From: Depew, Patricia (DPH)

Dear Ms. Russell,

Attached please find our letter requesting to negotiate the scope of your request. Please let me know if you would prefer to have a telephone conversation.
My direct line is 617-753-8117.

Thank you,
Patricia Depew

From: Depew, Patricia (DPH)

Dear Ms. Russell,

Attached please find the closure letter for your public records request BHCSQ 16-411 and a copy of the appeals process.

Thank you,
Patricia Depew