If I’m a pharmacy technician and work for a local hospital, what legal steps should I take regarding missing drugs that I think I accidentally threw out?

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If I’m a pharmacy technician and work for a local hospital, what legal steps should I take regarding missing drugs that I think I accidentally threw out?

My job is to prepare the drugs and distribute them to patients. About 2 days ago, 10 schedule 2 narcotics went missing and I have to assume the blame. I believe I accidentally threw them away. They asked me to take a drug test and I compiled. I am waiting on results now, which will be clean, and they have opened up an internal investigation. Should I get an attorney?

Asked on October 23, 2015 under Criminal Law, Louisiana

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Obviously, if you are charged or sued, you should get an attorney. If they don't take legal action against you, you don't strictly need an attorney--it would not be a bad idea to retain you, but you need to decide whether you want to spend the money on a lawyer when it may not be neessary. Do not say anything that could incriminate you any way, or take any blame or responsibility--as you've probably heard from TVs and movies, anything you say can and (likely) will be sued against you.


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