Pharmacist accused of stealing drugs

Pharmacist accused of stealing drugs

There are 9 comments on the GoErie.com story from Aug 18, 2008, titled Pharmacist accused of stealing drugs. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

An Erie pharmacist has been charged with stealing pain medications from the pharmacy where he worked.

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Becky

Warren, OH

#1 Aug 19, 2008
Another "inside job" ... just like the Lt. Robert Liebel situation. And what is happening with Liebel anyway? Is he still not in jail? That story kind of went quietly under the rug. And now a pharmacist is stealing oxys and other drugs from the drugstore? I thought pharmacists made a good wage -- but apparently he was "supplementing his income."
May not be

Oil City, PA

#2 Aug 19, 2008
Becky wrote:
Another "inside job" ... just like the Lt. Robert Liebel situation. And what is happening with Liebel anyway? Is he still not in jail? That story kind of went quietly under the rug. And now a pharmacist is stealing oxys and other drugs from the drugstore? I thought pharmacists made a good wage -- but apparently he was "supplementing his income."
Don't assume he was selling them on the street. Unfortunately, there are pharmacists out there that have addiction issues and that is more likely what was going on...he was taking them for personal use. As the pharmacist, he has complete access to all the narcotics and when addiction enters the picture this is what happens. Other professions where addiction hits hard is nurses and doctors. Nurses drug of choice is dilaudid (hydromorphone) since they have easy access to it. Doctors have a variety of drug choices but it's always what they have immediate access to. Please don't judge all pharmacists based on this man's action. We work VERY hard and in addition to making sure our patients receive safe and proper medications legally prescribed, we "police" our own in the profession and that is why he was caught and will be dealt with legally.
Becky

Warren, OH

#3 Aug 19, 2008
May not be wrote:
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Don't assume he was selling them on the street. Unfortunately, there are pharmacists out there that have addiction issues and that is more likely what was going on...he was taking them for personal use. As the pharmacist, he has complete access to all the narcotics and when addiction enters the picture this is what happens. Other professions where addiction hits hard is nurses and doctors. Nurses drug of choice is dilaudid (hydromorphone) since they have easy access to it. Doctors have a variety of drug choices but it's always what they have immediate access to. Please don't judge all pharmacists based on this man's action. We work VERY hard and in addition to making sure our patients receive safe and proper medications legally prescribed, we "police" our own in the profession and that is why he was caught and will be dealt with legally.
I do not doubt you. I'm quite sure that this happens a LOT, especially in professions where there is "easy access." Why a lot of cops get into it ... they get to know a lot of people on the street, association with less-than-desierables and have access (as Liebel did) to the "evidence room."
I wouldn't judge all pharmacists on the basis of this man's fall -- my OWN pharmacist is a great guy who very much looks out for his customers.
You people are under the gun a lot, with insurance issues and the publicity over people getting the wrong meds/prescriptions. You've got a LOT of responsibility, and as far as I can see, 99 percent do their jobs well.
radar53

Erie, PA

#4 Aug 20, 2008
Just think if this was for personal use and he worked for the police department he could receive his full salary for seven weeks,not have to work, and and get paid drug rehab for his problem through his health insirance that he doesn`t pay into.I bet his trial doesn`t get postpond as long as someone elses.He got charged immediately.I also agree this is one incident about one pharmacist,the other was one police officer,we can`t judge them all by one persons action.
KMKStoner420

Hollywood, FL

#5 Aug 20, 2008
I used to do inventory for various pharmacies. And over the years I have met many pharmacists that I am about 99% sure take opiates. One of them had pupils the size of a grain of sand and looked like he was constantly in a daze. Another pharmacy had a huge bottle of vicodin 10s sitting behind a computer monitor away from all other drugs. I asked the pharmacist if it needed to be inventoried and he said no because it was a bottle he uses for broken pills(this bottle was one of those huge 1000count bottles and was almost full).
I even overheard a pharmacist talking to another pharmacist about when they were in college. He said that his friends would have pill parties where everyone would bring whatever they could get their hands on and everyone would take 1 of everything at the party.
May not be

Oil City, PA

#6 Aug 20, 2008
Becky wrote:
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I wouldn't judge all pharmacists on the basis of this man's fall -- my OWN pharmacist is a great guy who very much looks out for his customers.
You people are under the gun a lot, with insurance issues and the publicity over people getting the wrong meds/prescriptions. You've got a LOT of responsibility, and as far as I can see, 99 percent do their jobs well.
I'm glad you have a good pharmacist...most of us are good people who want to do the best we can for your medications. All the insurance BS is a pain in the rear and we spend way to much of our precious time on the phone with the insurance companies. Your comment on being "under the gun" is even more true when we get robbed by addicts that need their fix...I've personally gone through this and believe me when I say I have forgiven the individual but will never forget this event and how much it emotionally hurt my family. Yes, we get paid well to do our job, but, there's no amount of money that covers having a gun at you.
May not be

Oil City, PA

#7 Aug 20, 2008
KMKStoner420 wrote:
I used to do inventory for various pharmacies. And over the years I have met many pharmacists that I am about 99% sure take opiates. One of them had pupils the size of a grain of sand and looked like he was constantly in a daze. Another pharmacy had a huge bottle of vicodin 10s sitting behind a computer monitor away from all other drugs. I asked the pharmacist if it needed to be inventoried and he said no because it was a bottle he uses for broken pills(this bottle was one of those huge 1000count bottles and was almost full).
I even overheard a pharmacist talking to another pharmacist about when they were in college. He said that his friends would have pill parties where everyone would bring whatever they could get their hands on and everyone would take 1 of everything at the party.
If you are ever in this inventory business again or in the course of your daily life should you find a pharmacist that is obviously or suspicious for being impaired, please call your state pharmacy board and report it. An impaired (alcohol, drugs or whatever) pharmacist is not looking out for your safety and should not be working in that condition. The pharmacy profession has many programs for getting pharmacists "clean" and you reporting information to the state board can be the best thing for all involved.
KMKStoner420

Hollywood, FL

#8 Aug 20, 2008
I used to do a lot of pharmacies that are inside of grocery stores. I remember one time the store manager was talking to the pharmacist and said "Got anymore of those blue pills?" He sounded like he was kidding around but it made me wonder... maybe the pharmacist was sharing roxis with the store manager?
So sad

Erie, PA

#9 Mar 16, 2014
Can I get a percoset,to go with my adivan,please

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