Prescription Fraud and Doctor Shopping
One of the primary ways that drug addicts obtains prescription drugs for non-medical use is by “doctor shopping”. Legally, doctor shopping has serious consequences; more often, it is prosecuted as felony and punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment. Below are information about doctor shopping or prescription fraud and what you can do in the event that you are charged.
The legal definition of “doctor shopping” is using more than one provider and pharmacy to get prescription of controlled substances, without the pharmacies and providers knowing about the other prescriptions.
Doctor shopping involves any of the following of the controlled substances, including:
- Opiates (morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, etc)
- Stimulants (Ritalin, Adderall, etc)
- Depressants (Valium, Xanax, Ambient)
The law prohibits a patient:
- From obtaining a prescription from a new practitioner
- While being treated and supplied with a prescription from another practitioner without disclosing this to the new practitioner
People commit doctor shopping for their own personal use, or to sell, or to distribute to others. While most offenders steal drugs while working, other steal prescriptions pads or write illegal prescriptions for friends.
Dismissed Possession of Controlled Substance
Dismissed Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Reduced to Reckless DUI/Drugs (Marijuana)
Dismissed Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
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