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Tenn. drugstore punished for missing pills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Smyrna drugstore’s license has been suspended by the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy after investigators discovered thousands of doses of opioids missing.

Corder’s Community Pharmacy Inc. was shut down earlier this summer, The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1AHzrAY) reported, citing a recent pharmacy board order.

The action came after law enforcement filed a complaint against the drugstore.

Meanwhile, the Murfreesboro Pain Management Clinic also surrendered its license as the result of another state investigation. And a doctor and pharmacist were put on probation for prescribing drugs to a friend or family member without proper documentation

The actions are part of a crackdown by state licensing boards aimed at curbing addictions to prescription medicines. One out of every 20 people pops a pain pill for recreational use in Tennessee, where drug overdose deaths have jumped 220 percent from 1999 to 2012 and babies born dependent on drugs rose tenfold over the past decade.

Investigators for the pharmacy board found that Corder’s was short 5,841 of the 8,000 hydrocodone pills it had received from its wholesaler since January. Records showed it had dispensed 1,418 pills, but Corder’s had only 741 on hand.

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Wichita County sheriff’s office wins civil suit

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) - A federal jury in Tennessee has sided with a Texas sheriff and his deputy in a lawsuit that alleged civil rights violations, according to a news release from the Wichita County district attorney.

The jury in Chattanooga found that Sheriff David Duke and Chief Deputy Alan Boyd had not violated the civil rights or abused the process when it issued an arrest warrant for Donna Johnson.

The trial took place in Tennessee because Johnson was arrested there in 2011.

Johnson allegedly took payment for photos she had taken but not delivered to the sheriff’s office in 2011. She sued, saying she was arrested without probable cause.

Defense attorneys characterized Johnson as a scam artist, making thousands from law enforcement agencies from New York to Texas.

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