The opioid drug crisis continues to plague Kentucky and the nation as people continue to succumb to opioid overdoses. There are varying sources used to obtain illegal drugs and one recent case alleges that a pharmacist from Williamsburg was involved in illegally dispensing opioid drugs. Opioids include medications such as fentanyl, oxycodone and other powerful pain medications. The pharmacist was convicted, sentenced to more than six years in prison and must also pay a $5,000 fine.
The woman had operated the pharmacy from 2008 to 20018 when the charges were brought against her. She originally faced additional charges in connection with illegal drug distribution but was acquitted of them. The jury convicted her on seven charges of illegally dispensing prescription medications.
The woman was described by supporters as kind, compassionate and hardworking. It was said that she once cried because an elderly woman could not afford a medication that had been prescribed for her. She was reportedly an active supporter of local schools and apparently adopted a little girl in lieu of the child entering foster care.
The opioid addiction crisis has many faces. Opioids, such as fentanyl and oxycodone, are very addictive but they are also believed to be beneficial in some severe chronic pain cases, such as end-stage cancer and other terminal diseases. A person in Kentucky who stands accused of a crime is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law. A person who is facing charges for crimes related to drug distribution may wish to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. A lawyer can review the evidence and facts of the case and advise one as to what legal options may be available.