Minneapolis-based Allina Hospitals & Clinics has fired 32 employees for improperly accessing treatment records of a dozen teenagers who overdosed on a synthetic drug on March 17, the Minneapolis StarTribune reports.

The incident, in which one of the teens died, was heavily publicized in the region. Twenty-eight employees at Unity Hospital were fired, as were four others at Mercy Hospital.

An Allina spokesperson told the newspaper that the employees worked in patient care but did not have legitimate reasons for accessing the information. The snooping was found during a security review conducted because of the high profile of the incident.

--Joseph Goedert


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