Downtown Detroit pharmacy tech suspended after illegally doling out $32k in opioids


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A downtown Detroit pharmacy technician has had her license suspended after allegedly participating in a scheme that filled 36 fake prescriptions for opioid and benzodiazepine medications.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) ordered that Ikea Treadwell's license be suspended after a complaint was filed that Treadwell allegedly dispensed thousands of pills with an "estimated street value of $32,790."

Treadwell worked at the CVS Pharmacy located on Woodward Avenue in Downtown Detroit. According to court filings, a provider filed a complaint in July 2017, alleging a customer was illegally seeking controlled substances. A subsequent audit unearthed the fraudulent prescriptions. 

An opioid epidemic has been brewing in Michigan for years, and in 2014 1,745 Michiganders died from opioid-related overdoses.

According to LARA, the suspension is not a final determination, but a temporary measure to protect the public.