Dr. David Eagerton

Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Associate Professor
Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Office Address:
Science Building
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1090
Buies Creek, NC 27506


Dr. Eagerton received his Doctorate in Pharmacology in 1992 from the University of South Carolina. During his graduate studies he also worked as a Poison Control Consultant at the Palmetto Poison Center. In February of 1993 he joined the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) as a Forensic Toxicologist, was promoted to Lieutenant in August 1997 and served as Chief Toxicologist, overseeing the SLED Toxicology Department, until his retirement in September 2009. Dr. Eagerton joined the founding faculty of the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP) in October 2009, and was promoted to an Associate Professor with tenure in 2015. Dr. Eagerton is a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and is Board Certified in Forensic Toxicology. He has authored numerous publications and presentations in the fields of Forensic Toxicology and Pharmacology. He has testified as an expert in the fields of Toxicology and Pharmacology in Magistrate, General Sessions, Federal, and U.S. Military courts and has served as an Expert Witness Faculty Member at the National District Attorneys Association National Advocacy Center since 1999. Dr. Eagerton has served as an Inspector for the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board and is a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists and the Southern Association of Forensic Scientists. He is the founding President of the Palmetto Association of Toxicologists and is also a certified WMD HAZMAT technician, a former member of the SLED Forensics Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Team, and the South Carolina Bioterrorism Advisory Committee. Dr. Eagerton is the Laboratory Director at eLab Solutions and a member of the American Association of Forensic Scientists Standards Board as a subject matter expert for the Toxicology Consensus Body.

Dr. Eagerton’s research interest is in the area of Forensic Toxicology and current projects include methods to detect diversion of pharmaceuticals in health care facilities, methods to detect counterfeit medications, the effects of medications on driving performance, and the evaluation of pesticides in the urine of marijuana users.


  • Ph.D. in Pharmacology, University of South Carolina
  • B.S. in Biology, University of South Carolina


  • Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicologists

Career Highlights

  • Chief Toxicologist for SC Law Enforcement Division
  • Laboratory Director, eLab Solutions
  • Member of the American Association of Forensic Scientists Standards Board as a subject matter expert for the Toxicology Consensus Body
  • Founding President of the Palmetto Association of Toxicologists

Awards, Recognition & Honors

  • 2010 – 2011 Teacher of the Year (Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy)
  • 1991 Sigma Xi Graduate Student Research Presentation
  • Rho Chi Honor Society


  • Palmetto Association of Toxicologists
  • Society of Forensic Toxicologists
  • American Association of Clinical Toxicologists
  • American Academy of Forensic Scientists Standards Board - Toxicology Consensus Body
  • American Academy of Colleges of Pharmacy


  • Eagerton, DH. The Toxicology of Ethanol. In:Yarborough and Savage eds. South Carolina Dram Shop Litigation: A Practice Guide. Columbia, SC: SC Bar Association; 2016.
  • Eagerton, D.H., Batson, C., Colvin, N., and Shealy K.M. Safe Medication Disposal – A Guide for Pharmacists & Pharmacy Personnel. Palmetto Pharmacist 2016.
  • Huestess, A., Asbill, S., Eagerton, D. H., and Arnold, J. In Vitro Skin Penetration and Skin Content of Progesterone from Various Topical Formulations. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding 2014; 18 (6): 512-515.
  • Eagerton, D. H., Goodbar, N. H., Dansby, M. C., Abel, S. N., Bell, W. C. Morphine Overdose in a 6 1/2 Week-Old Infant: A Case Report. Austin J Pharmacol Ther 2014; 2 (10) 4.
  • Shealy, K. M., O'Day, P., Eagerton, D. H. The Needs and Opportunities for Medication Disposal Programs. Journal of Pharmacy Technology 2014; 30 (5): 147-50.
  • Eagerton, D. H., Sease, J. M. Liver Cirrhosis and Complications. In S. Scott Sutton (Ed.), McGraw-Hill's NAPLEX Review Guide. 2014 New York, New York: McGraw Hill.
  • Goodbar, N.H., Foushee, J.A., Eagerton, D.H., Brush, K.C., and Johnson, A.A., Analysis of the HCG Diet on Patient Outcomes, Ann Pharmacother. 2013; 47(5), 5.