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State Suspends Cranston Pharmacy Tech for Stealing Thousands of Pills

State health department says thefts occurred regularly since 2009.

A Cranston man who worked at the Warwick Avenue CVS in Warwick and the Oaklawn Avenue CVS in Cranston as a pharmacy technician has been suspended by the state Department of Health for stealing painkillers.

According to a signed summary suspension, Shaun P. Chevalier was seen on store video footage in Nov. 2013 as he took two bottles of hydrocodone from a shelf, put some pills from each in an amber bottle and then put that bottle in his pocket.

Chevalier reportedly admitted to the store manager that he had been stealing pills since 2009 and had stolen about 4,300 pills from CVS stores in Warwick and Cranston.

A CVS investigation showed that he stole a total of 909 hydrocodone-APAP 10-500 tablets and 1,449 hydrocodone APAP 7.5-325 tablets.

CVS reported the incident to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency.

The health department said in the summary suspension that the investigation "revealed facts that demonstrated a clear pattern of intentional misconduct by the respondent in the practice of pharmacy at CVS with regard to illegal taking of controlled substances."

Due to his "misconduct, negligence and disregard for acceptable standards of pharmacy technician practice," Chevalier is "unfit for the continuation in practice as a pharmacy technician" and ordered his immediate suspension.

Bob February 24, 2014 at 11:22 AM
Where is law enforcement on this....no mention of that !!!
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) February 24, 2014 at 11:24 AM
I'm sure I'll find out if charges come down. My guess is there is an ongoing investigation and police generally keep those things under wraps until they make arrests.
Frank Dwyer February 24, 2014 at 01:56 PM
He's already been arrested and arraigned awaiting trial. This story was in another local media outlet over a month ago.
Dawn Perry February 24, 2014 at 02:22 PM
I think he took more than pain pills because a few time my meds. Were missing and me and my doctor knew something was going on.
I_Like_EG February 24, 2014 at 04:19 PM
The over prescribing of prescription pain medications by physicians is of epidemic proportions. A vast majority of patients on pain killers could live with much milder antidotes however we have bred a society of western medicine dependent people. This has to stop physicians should be held accountable for over prescribing. In other countries it is strictly monitored. There is no need for people to be on pain killers for months or years. If you need opiates or benzodiazepines for months or years someone is missing the underlying problem or mis diagnosing something. Pharmaceutical companies are getting rich while people are dying. More deaths from painkillers now than heroin! The number one prescribed drug in the USA is Vicodin what's that say. A bunch of coddled weak Americans now. Sad future!
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) February 24, 2014 at 05:10 PM
Frank is right - his arrest was reported in the Warwick Beacon in December, but this recent suspension was released by the health department today. A check of court records shows the case was recommended for diversion.

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