The Commerce Police Department is investigating a prescription forgery that occurred at Walgreens by a woman who, when questioned, claimed to have “found” the prescription for Lortab.
The pharmacy department called police after a 57-year-old white female left the prescription at the store, promising to return later to pick it up. Staff was unable to locate a doctor matching the name on the prescription, or his Drug Enforcement Administration number.
Police returned to the store when the “customer” came back. Upon questioning, she claimed to have found the prescription and reasoned that filling it would save her the trouble of calling her doctor for a prescription. However, she also admitted that she had filled a prescription for another pain medication — hydrocodone — four days earlier. She explained that the hydrocodone did not help with the pain resulting from surgery.
Police also tried unsuccessfully to locate the doctor whose name was on the prescription.
The officers turned the matter over to the department’s criminal investigations division.
For a report of all of the arrests made and incidents responded to by the Commerce Police Department, see the July 31 issue of The Commerce News.