UPDATE 8/6/14 @11:14 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Following the arrest of a nurse arrested for stealing and distributing morphine, police say it's a rare occurrence.
WSAZ reached out to several agencies in the area who say they've seen or heard of people abusing the pill form of morphine, but the injectable form is rare. They say it's nothing compared to the epidemic of oxycodone and OxyContin.
A pharmacist we spoke with says the street value of morphine is probably around $40-$50 a vial, making it quite expensive. In comparison, a pill of oxycodone costs roughly $20-$30.
Dennis Mullins, 59, was arrested Tuesday evening by West Virginia State Police.
State Police say Mullins was found with 12 vials of morphine and 60 hydrocodone pills. Police believe he has been stealing from the hospital for the past six to 12 months.
State Police tell WSAZ that Mullins has been supplying the drugs to his girlfriend. WVSP says the girlfriend has been arrested for prostitution in the past.
Police have been investigating Mullins for the past four months. He was seen Tuesday in a well known drug area of Logan and was arrested.
Mullins is facing charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver and Obtaining Items by Fraud. He is currently being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail on a $10,000 bond.
WSAZ reached out to Logan Regional Medical Center. They say they are looking into the matter and are fully cooperating with State Police.
Logan Regional Medical Center would not comment when asked if Mullins is still an employee or if he has been let go.