Pitt professor waives hearing in drug case

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A University of Pittsburgh professor charged with using university and federal grant money to get drugs which police said he injected waived his right to a preliminary hearing this morning.

Billy Day, 52, of Upper St. Clair, who teaches in the university's pharmacy school, faces 18 counts of felony drug charges after investigators said they found drugs in his office, including some used to treat anxiety.

Pitt has placed him on leave.

University police wrote in a criminal complaint that the chairman of the university's pharmacy school contacted them this summer regarding "suspicious" narcotics purchases by Mr. Day. Pitt police and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration said when they searched Mr. Day's office they found Midazolam, Demerol, Clonazepam, Lorazepam and other substances.

Mr. Day told the chairman of the pharmacy school, according to a criminal complaint, that "he was consuming the narcotics and seeking rehab."

Mr. Day's attorney, Phillippe Melograne, declined to comment except to say that his client has been cooperating with investigators and is attempting to make "positive changes" in his life.


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