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North Carolina pharmacist loses license, faces trafficking charge

Sometimes, the people we look to most for guidance and support appear to do things that could potentially destroy our trust. Pharmacists, who look out for individuals by providing advice about medications and warnings about drug interactions, are people we feel we can rely on for honest service. However, a recent story out of Charlotte reveals that anyone can potentially fall victim to the dangers of drugs in one form or another, even a trusted neighborhood pharmacist.

After over 40 years of providing medication services, the pharmacist of Metroview Pharmacy was arrested on drug charges including trafficking and possession. Police officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg office arrested the 65-year-old pharmacist last Friday after he allegedly sold prescription drugs to a confidential informant working undercover with the police. The incident took place in April and involved the alleged sale of 30 oxycodone tablets and fentanyl.

The executive director of the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy recently said he wasn't able to go into details about the drug charges, but he did say the pharmacist had surrendered his and Metroview Pharmacy's license on May 28. Despite this, Eyewitness News found the pharmacy open and apparently serving customers this past Wednesday with the now unlicensed pharmacist allegedly behind the counter, according to the news report.

Reportedly, the pharmacist declined to comment yet did tell Channel 9 he was not dispensing medication but was simply answering phone calls and helping his customers find a new pharmacy.

In spite of appearances, no one but the pharmacist truly knows the details surrounding his arrest. In the meantime, he deserves an experienced legal counsel as he fights to combat the drug offenses for which he has been charged. With the help of a legal team, it might be possible to avoid jail in favor of a rehabilitation or counseling program.

Source: WSOCTV.com, "Pharmacist surrenders license following arrest on drug trafficking charges" Kathryn Burcham, Jun. 04, 2014

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