Pharmacist practicing in Birmingham, AL. I have been in recovery for 11 years. Became addicted to opiates while in pharmacy school, and continued that path for 6 years. It included IV drug use, losing my pharmacy license, my home and car. I was homeless, but my addiction was as fierce as ever. I was calling in forged prescriptions for fake patients and having a "friend" pick them up. I was finally caught and forced to surrender my pharmacy license and get professional help. At that time, I was not interesting in getting help so losing my job/license left me with an addiction and no way to fund it. I began stealing stainless steel appliances out of newly built homes and selling them to various pawn shops and drug dealers. I was supporting a $600/day habit. Law enforcement finally caught up with me and arrested me. I had accrued 13 felonies in 2 different counties. The time I spent in jail gave me reprieve and a chance to think about where my life was going. I decided there that I wanted to live! After completing 3 in-patient rehabilitation programs, 2 drug court programs, 2 theft of property programs and the ALBOP recovery program, I was granted my license back and could finally practice pharmacy again. I spend my time now working as a full-time pharmacist, being a mommy, sharing my story with local high-school and working with the Shelby Co. DA's office developing an alumni group for drug court graduates. I am also working with NADCP on creating a national alumni group for graduates of drug courts.
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