Boston Medic Exposed 64 Patients Via Contaminated Needles

A Boston paramedic has been fired and is facing criminal charges following a lengthy investigation into allegations that he injected himself with narcotics intended for patients, then returned the preloaded syringes to apparatus to be used on patients.

The outrageous conduct allegedly occurred during the summer of 2011, and prompted the Boston Public Health Commission to notify 57 people that they may have been exposed to blood borne pathogens. Seven other patients who were similarly exposed died shortly after being transported.

The name of the medic has not been released, nor have the criminal offenses been announced.


About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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