ABINGDON, Va. — Federal prosecutors say a former nurse who took morphine intended for patients at a Virginia nursing home and used it herself has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Authorities say 40-year-old Christina Lovern Calloway of Radford was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to tampering with a consumer product.

Prosecutors say Calloway, while working at the nursing home, diverted liquid morphine intended for patients to her own use.

They say Calloway, on more than one occasion, took some of the liquid morphine from a bottle and used it herself. She then used tap water to refill the bottle in an attempt to hide her crime.

The diluted morphine was then administered to patients.

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