Prescription Fraud Drug Crimes
Dedicated Criminal Attorneys in Marietta, GA
According to statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, the percentage of Americans using one prescription drug every
month has gone up from 44% to 48% over the past decade, while the use
of two or more per month has increased from 25% to 31% and those using
five or more has gone up from 6% to 11% in the same period. While many
of these medications are non-addictive and are used for treating conditions
such as asthma, arthritis and high cholesterol levels, others including
painkillers, sleep medications and stimulants are highly dangerous and
consequently are tightly controlled.
Prescription drugs may be legal, but make no mistake-many of them are fully
as dangerous and prone to forming addictions as street drugs. In fact,
many common illicit drugs, including cocaine and heroin have been prescribed
to treat medical conditions. When a prescription runs out, the patient
may experience severe symptoms of withdrawal and be compelled to take
desperate measures to find more of the drug. Others become addicted to
pharmaceutical drugs through recreational use.
Georgia Prescription Fraud Laws
It is illegal in our state to take actions to secure pharmaceutical drugs
without a prescription, and depending on the circumstances of the offense
you can be sent to jail or prison. Under Georgia Code § 16-13-78
(2012) "Obtaining or attempting to obtain dangerous drugs by fraud,
forgery, or concealment of material fact," you can be charged with
a misdemeanor and sent to jail for up to a year for obtaining-or attempting
to obtain-prescription drugs by dishonest or fraudulent means, including
forgery or alteration of a lawful prescription, as well as for providing a false
name or address.
The more serious offense, § 16-13-43 "Unauthorized distribution;
penalties," covers Schedule I or II drugs being secured through fraud,
deception or theft. This statute also describes "doctor shopping,"
which involves visiting multiple doctors in order to obtain the same-or
a similar-prescription. This offense is a felony, punishable by as much
as $50,000 in fines and 8 years in prison.
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Contact Henrickson & Sereebutra, LLC as early as possible when you are under investigation for any type of
prescription fraud. Whether you are a pharmacist who has been accused
of unlawfully dispensing medications or a user who is under suspicion
for altering a prescription or for stealing drugs, a former prosecutor
from the firm is ready to assist you in fighting the charges. Having a
knowledgeable Marietta drug crime lawyer can make all the difference in
your case so do not hesitate to get in touch with the firm today!