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Kristen Diane Parker’s Fascination With Needles

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myspace-photo“I’m soo overdue for a good concert. Umm..what else… I have a crazy fascination with needles.. I just like the way they feel!” Those silly words from Kristen Diane Parker’s MySpace page now seem frightening. Parker, a surgical technician with hepatitis C, was on the verge of tears yesterday in court as she faced federal drug charges alleging that she stole liquid Fentanyl, a painkiller, by replacing used syringes filled with saline solution, writes The Denver Post. Parker worked at Rose Medical Center in Denver and the Audubon Surgery Center in Colorado Springs, meaning that thousands of patients were potentially exposed. As News First 5 in Colorado Springs notes, one patient at Audubon Surgery Center now worries she might have hepatitis C. Parker could face more than 30 years in prison. She admitted, according to court papers, to stealing the drug and leaving behind the used needles filled, reports 9News. Nine patients at Rose have been diagnosed with the virus that can cause permanent liver damage, and state health officials are investigating to see if those cases can be linked to Parker.

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