The Department of Health and Human Services has launched an investigation into the October discovery of prescription bottles originating from the Kmart at 1414 72nd Street East in Midland.
Community activist Stacy Emerson, who discovered the bottles near a homeless camp behind the store, forwarded The News Tribune an e-mail from an equal-opportunity specialist with the Office for Civil Rights, which oversees the medical-privacy law known as HIPPA. The department reviewed and approved the investigation, the e-mail states.
No timeline for completion was provided, but the specialist did say the department is investigating a large number of other complaints.
Emerson estimates there were about 50 bottles. The labels on about 25 of them contained identifiers like names, addresses, phone numbers and birthdates.
A agency spokeswoman earlier had told The News Tribune the department couldn’t comment on an investigation before it is completed.