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Pharmacy Tech Pleads Guilty in OxyContin Death

Magazine article Drug Topics

Pharmacy Tech Pleads Guilty in OxyContin Death

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A University of Florida prepharmacy student who had worked as a technician pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in the OxyContin (oxycodone HCI, Purdue Pharma) overdose death of another student.

Ying Che "Dan" Lo, 19, admitted stealing OxyContin from an Eckerd store in Gainesville where he was employed as a part-time tech. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the April 2000 death of Matthew Kaminer, who died after taking the painkiller supplied by a fraternity brother, Naeem Diamond Lakhani, who got it from Lo, his roommate.

Facing a maximum of 15 years in prison, Lo was sentenced to 90 days in jail, two years of house arrest, and 13 years of supervised probation, said his attorney, Ben Hutson. He is also barred from ever seeking a pharmacy license or employment in a pharmacy Lakhani received a similar sentence, but his jail time is 30 days.

"I told the court that kids knew Mr. Lo worked in a pharmacy and asked, 'Hey, man, can you get this, can you get that? …

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