Updated with more details
The Edmonds Police Department is encouraging customers of Edmonds Pharmacy, 7631 212th St. S.W., to double check their prescriptions after one of their pharmacists was found under the influence Wednesday evening.
Police have advised Edmonds Pharmacy to contact their customers directly, and if there is any concern that customers received the wrong substance they should contact the pharmacy immediately, said Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Josh McClure. At this point, Edmonds police are not aware of any prescriptions that were filled in error, he said.
Officers responded to a welfare check at the business around 7 p.m. Wednesday after a customer called 911 to express concern for the pharmacist’s welfare. Officers and an EMS crew from Fire District 1 contacted the pharmacist outside the pharmacy at his vehicle. A subsequent investigation developed probable cause to arrest the 47-year-old male for a felony drug possession. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail.
McClure noted that “there were several types [of prescription drugs] in his possession. It is unknown specifically what he was under the influence of.”
According to probable cause paperwork filed with the Snohomish County Prosecutors Office, a witness called 911 to report that the on-duty pharmacist “had bloodshot eyes and was slurring his words.” A police officer responding to the scene reported that he made contact with the pharmacist, who was sitting in a car outside the pharmacy, and the suspect “had difficulty speaking in clear, complete sentences or keeping eye contact.”
According to the prosecutor’s office paperwork, when the pharmacist was being evaluated in the aid car, the investigating police officer found that the the suspect had seven pills in his right pants pocket that were later determined to be prescription drugs. One of those pills was determined to be hyrocodone, which is a felony violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. After the man’s arrest, 40 more pills were discovered in the same pocket. Additional prescription violations are pending, the probable cause form notes.
Edmonds police have consulted with the State Department of Health investigations Division, and the health department will be following up with the information from the police investigation, McClure said.