DEA audits Henderson drug store

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – Records of T & T Drug Store are under the microscope by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The feds want to see if what is going out of the Henderson pharmacy matches what is coming in.

It’s no secret, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and everywhere across the nation are caught in an opioid crisis. Local law enforcement works to curb drug abuse, and the feds do too.

Kevin McWilliams, a DEA spokesman from the Louisville field office, said the audit at T & T is like any the DEA does routinely across the country.

“At this point, there’s nothing to lead us to believe that anything criminal is going on.”

Federal agents have used a fine-tooth comb over the last 7 weeks to dig through prescriptions and pill counts, ensuring the pharmacy is doing what it’s supposed to.

John Marshall, the owner of T & T, told Eyewitness News he doesn’t know why his pharmacy is being audited. When asked for more information, Marshall said he didn’t want to talk about it.

T & T can still fill prescriptions, he said, including opioids.

McWilliams said agents have the regulatory authority to inspect pharmacies anywhere in America.

“We’re looking at record-keeping,” McWilliams said. “We want to make sure the prescriptions filled match the prescriptions that they’ve received from doctors, so no medicine is just walking out the back door.”

Another Henderson pharmacist reported to Eyewitness News it is rare to see the DEA doing this. The pharmacist said it is more common to see state officials.

According to the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy, T & T and Marshall both have active permits to operate.

McWilliams said it is normal for an audit to take months and agents are still combing through records.

Neither Kentucky State Police nor Henderson Police is aware of the audit.

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This story was originally published on August 16, 2019

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