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Joplin man steals meds from METS ambulance, injects himself and passes out

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Emergency personnel found a man passed out with needles on the floor of a Joplin ambulance over the weekend.

Joplin Police Department Public Information Officer Matt Stewart says Patrick Dillard, 33 of Joplin, entered an older METS ambulance on Saturday at around 9 a.m.

Stewart says Dillard entered through the back of the unlocked ambulance, broke into the locked narcotics bin inside the ambulance, then injected himself with fentanyl and rocuronium. - Fentanyl is typically used as a pre-procedure pain reliever and as an anesthetic.  Rocuronium is typically used to provide skeletal muscle relaxation during surgery.

Dillard was transported to a local hospital for psychiatric evaluation.  He has been charged with first degree vehicle tampering and felony stealing.

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