Former Pharmacist Pleads Guilty, Sentenced

A former pharmacist pleaded guilty to drug-related charges and was given a suspended sentence in Beaufort County Superior Court this morning.

Heather Tetterton faced three counts of embezzlement of a controlled substance by an employee, and two counts of possession with intent to deliver a schedule three controlled substance.

In a plea deal worked out with the state, Tetterton pleaded guilty to all five counts, in exchange for other charges against her being dropped.

The 40-year-old Tetterton is a former pharmacist with Tayloe's Hospital Pharmacy in Washington. She was accused of stealing prescription pain pills and testosterone while employed at the pharmacy.

Her attorneys asked the judge to be lenient in sentencing her, citing no previous criminal record. Although she initially denied to investigators that she stole the pain pills, her attorneys say she has since cooperated. They say she surrendered her pharmacist license.

Prosecutors say Tetterton admitted stealing the testosterone for her boyfriend, who was not named.

Her attorneys said her problems stemmed from a severe alcohol addiction, and since her arrest in September 2010, Tetterton had been through alcohol counseling, rehab, and is currently living in a halfway house in Wilmington.

"I regret so much of the past." Tetterton said in court Tuesday, adding she is sorry for "putting my parents and children through what I put them through." Her parents were in court, and her mother also spoke briefly on her behalf.

Referring to her alcoholism, Tetterton said, "my disease caused me to do things I wouldn't normally do."

The judge gave the woman a suspended sentence, along with 50 hours of community service to be completed within a year, continued treatment on a regular basis for at least 18 months, no contact with a hospital pharmacy, and she must pay court costs.

Tetterton had faced a maximum of 75 months in prison.


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  • by jed Location: washington on Oct 18, 2011 at 05:13 PM
    i dont like to see anyone go to prison but what happend to mandatory sentences,if this lady was black or white trash as some people call us she would be locked up right now,they need to investigate BOCO police and the d.a.
  • by Washington on Oct 11, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    I wonder how much W.Sermons had put in his pockets on this one???
  • by older lady Location: washington on Oct 6, 2011 at 06:27 PM
    God be with this poor lady. What she has done, whom she has hurt,and the talents she has abused will haunt her for the rest of her life. Who knows what makes a person do something like this? I just know "There except for grace go I." So very sad.
  • by Bubba Location: NC on Oct 6, 2011 at 06:46 AM
    I think her sentence may have been a little lenient but she has been through an awful lot since she was caught. Alcohol can make you do things that when sober you can't even believe you did it. So can drugs. I think she got her just deserve and will not get involved in this type crime again. Now she is a convicted felon so many rights will be taken away from her now and if she is sincere, that will weigh heavy on her as much if not more then what she has already experienced.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    What I would like to know is, who was the person at the pharmacy that was taking a count at the end of the day of the meds. Someone there knew that the meds. were gone and didn't say anything. Who ever it was inabled her to continue to steal. Not that they are to blame of her stealing but someone at that pharmacy had to of known that the meds. were gone before she got caught.
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      by Pharm Tech on Oct 6, 2011 at 06:20 AM in reply to
      Not necessarily. In retail most of the time the Pharmacist is 100% in control of all Narcs and she could have been "logging" bogus scripts that no one would have caught unless they audited the logs which I don't know is routine especially with an independent Pharmacy. Also most retail pharmacies don't keep tight inventory on anything but CII's III-IV's aren't logged they are on the shelf with all the other meds. I think the sentencing is bogus, she not only abused her Pharmacist license but stole from her job and sold them to people without a RX she broke so many laws it's not funny.
  • by concerned on Oct 6, 2011 at 05:28 AM
    I wonder how many prescriptions she filled while "under the influence". That is what is concerns me. I am not surprised she got off so lightly. It is who you know in this county and how fat your wallet is.
  • by a pharmacist on Oct 5, 2011 at 12:59 PM
    Just Asking...honestly, probably not. If a pharmacist surrenders her license before she is "caught", the NCBOP considers that. Even then she would have to agree to numerous terms, usually including a rehab type program, and she would have to be followed closely. Best case, for people who do surrender their own license and seek help, the board takes YEARS to reinstate and would probably only do so if she had a job where she did not have access to actual medications. It is very sad for people to throw away their education and a great career like this, but it happens.
  • by Beaufort Location: Washington on Oct 5, 2011 at 12:17 PM
    Heather was not stupid, but if you married stupids (2 times) and hung around stupid long enough, it has to rub off on you.
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      by Huh on Oct 6, 2011 at 05:28 AM in reply to Beaufort
      Obviously Heather was stupid! Stealing prescription drugs isn't stupid??? Oh that's right, her disease made her do it, whatever! Stupid doesn't rub off on people. You my friend need to get a clue!
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      by WHATEVER on Oct 6, 2011 at 07:05 AM in reply to Beaufort
      Fess is stupid number 1
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        by Haha on Oct 7, 2011 at 08:32 AM in reply to WHATEVER
        I do have to agree with you there, the big pot head!
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        by haha on Oct 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM in reply to WHATEVER
        That is funny!
  • by Not Suprised At All on Oct 5, 2011 at 10:57 AM
    You had to know she would walk away from this with no punishment, and I say no punishment because probation, community service, etc.....that's not nearly enough punishment for her. Her actions along with others will be swept under the rug and never heard of again. Thought it was kinda funny how her picture was in the paper for criminal offenses and her mother's picture is in it too, only mom's was for helping in the community.
  • by MX Location: WASHINGTON on Oct 5, 2011 at 10:01 AM
    WOW!! after reading the news paper this morning and seeing NO JAIL time just got to say WOW! "30 days in jail for driving with out a NCDL and no jail time for what she she did.
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