License of Poulsbo pharmacist suspended for allegedly diverting opiates for own use

POULSBO - A state health board has indefinitely suspended Matthew William Legan's pharmacist's license for diverting drugs from the pharmacy for his own use.

Legan worked at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Poulsbo, according to Allison Cook, a spokeswoman for the Washington Department of Health.

According to allegations from the Health Department’s Board of Pharmacy, between November 2008 - when Legan was issued his license to practice - and February 2009, he diverted the drugs oxycodone and hydrocodone from Rite Aid Pharmacy.

Both are controlled substances.

Legan later admitted to his employer and to a state board investigator that he took the powerful opiates, according to documents.

The board placed Legan on probation for five years and ordered him to participate in a substance-abuse monitoring program.

But in February 2010, the manager of the substance-abuse program informed the Board of Pharmacy that Legan had failed urinary tests for both drugs in January and didn’t show up for later analyses.

In late July, the board indefinitely suspended Legan’s professional license.

Legan could not be reached for comment. He no longer works for Rite Aid Pharmacy, according to Cook.

Rite Aid Pharmacy is in the Poulsbo Village shopping center off Highway 305.

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