Haggen pharmacy tech charged in theft of thousands of pills

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 17, 2014 

BELLINGHAM - A former pharmacy technician is being charged with unprofessional conduct for stealing an approximated $35,000 worth of drugs in the last six years, according to state Health Department documents.

A manager at the Fairhaven Haggen noticed Tammy Jacobsen was combining bottles of alprazolam, an anxiety medication, in May 2013 and contacted the Haggen loss prevention team.

During an interview with loss prevention, Jacobsen admitted to stealing various prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications for personal use over six years working at Haggen pharmacies, according to a statement of charges from the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission, which is part of the Health Department.

Drugs stolen included approximately 15,000 tablets of hydrocodone, a painkiller, as well as about 1,500 tablets of alprazolam. She also admitted to stealing money from Haggen pharmacies on multiple occasions, according to the charges.

Jacobsen, whose pharmaceutical license has already lapsed, will not be able to renew her license if found guilty of unprofessional conduct.

Jacobsen did not respond to phone calls requesting comment for this article.

Reach Matthew Thompson at 360-715-2249 or matthew.thompson@bellinghamherald.com.

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