Throughout St. Clair Shores, Michigan, there are many reputable pharmacists who do excellent work, handling medications responsibly and providing their customers with what they need in a legal manner. There are other pharmacists, however, who take a darker path, and use the access that they have to illegally secure narcotics. Some may do that with the intention of personally using the narcotics, and others may do it with the intention of selling the narcotics, but all are committing a crime that will result in them needing to secure the services of a criminal defense attorney.
Recently, a pharmacist who was employed on good faith an area hospital was charged after it was alleged that he illegally possessed and used narcotics. According to police, he obtained them from the hospital. The stash of drugs was found when police executed a search warrant at his home, which they did as part of an investigation related to a child custody dispute.
The drugs, described as a substantial amount, included Methadone, Hydrocodone and Oxycodone. After a review of the report about the investigation, charges were filed against the pharmacist, and a warrant for his arrest was issued. One of the charges was for possessing narcotics in an amount less than 25 grams. That is a four-year felony, with punishment including a fine of up to $25,000. The other charge is use of a narcotic. That charge is a one-year misdemeanor, with punishment including a fine of up to $2,000.
The pharmacist posted the personal recognizance bond of $25,000 set for him and is currently free. He was arraigned, and waived preliminary hearing rights. That automatically resulted in the charges being bound over to circuit court. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 5.
Hospitals and other care facilities can combat situations like this by keeping track of who has access to their drugs. They can also carefully monitor how much they have and investigate when there is too little.
Source: Daily Press, “Pharmacist faces drug charges,” Sep. 26, 2017