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Authorities allege prescription fraud in Tennessee arrest

If a Hamilton resident comes down with an illness or suffers an injury that can be treated with pharmaceuticals, then their doctor may prescribe them medications to help them find comfort and heal. While in some cases patients may choose to forego using their medications, it is often the case that if a doctor writes a script for a drug, then the patient will benefit from its use. Prescription drugs can be used to treat a number of conditions and most can be accessed from local pharmacies throughout the state.

A Tennessee man recently was charged with serious criminal allegations stemming from his alleged involvement in prescription drug fraud. According to authorities, the man had a prescription for liquid codeine and purchased it from a grocery store pharmacy. The problem alleged by authorities, though, is that the prescription was fraudulent. The prescription contained an authentic D.E.A. number which connects the prescription to a real doctor.

The man also allegedly had in his possession a bag containing the same drug that had been purchased at a pharmacy in Alabama. Authorities further believe that the man, assumed to be homeless, was working for an organized crime syndicate as a drug mule because the Tennessee pharmacy that filled the codeine prescription received a call from an unknown source inquiring as to whether the script had been filled.

The many claims made against the subject of this story are serious. Drug charges involving pharmaceuticals can be just as difficult to overcome as charges involving marijuana and other illicit substances. Particularly because this man apparently had a valid prescription, he may have options for negotiating his charges or putting forth defenses in hopes of avoiding the serious penalties that could befall him upon conviction.

Source: WKRN, "Lawrenceburg police arrest two men in prescription drug fraud case," Andy Cordan, Jan. 26, 2018

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