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Suspended Whatcom pharmacist accused of taking hundreds of pills

Prescription painkillers oxycodone and acetaminophen, also known as Percocet, are shown Feb. 11, 2016, at the University of Kansas pharmarcy.
Prescription painkillers oxycodone and acetaminophen, also known as Percocet, are shown Feb. 11, 2016, at the University of Kansas pharmarcy. along@kcstar.com

The state has suspended the license of a Whatcom County pharmacist for diverting hundreds of pills in February while working at La Conner Drug, the Department of Health said Thursday, June 30.

Christian P. Long also reportedly admitted on Feb. 25 that he was impaired at work after he was seen “stumbling, slurring when he spoke and unable to focus on any tasks, including filling prescriptions,” the state health department said.

The state also said that about 673 pills were taken from the pharmacy from Feb. 3 to Feb. 25, during Long’s employment.

The controlled substances that were taken included lorazepam, oxycodone, Suboxone, hydrocodone-acetaminophen and oxycodone-acetaminophen.

Long can’t practice as a pharmacist in Washington until the charges have been resolved. He can contest the allegations.

Long has a history of substance abuse. The state allowed him to resume practicing as a pharmacist in 2013, provided he follow conditions that included complying with a monitoring program. He told state regulators on March 1 that he had relapsed.

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