Prescription pill abuse is a growing concern in North Huntingdon

January 8, 2014
by Tony LaRussa
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

At first glance, the prescription for the painkiller Oxycodone looked like many others that pass through Norwin Pharmacy.

It had a watermark embedded in the paper, a physician's name, and even the Drug Enforcement Administration number required to dispense controlled substances. But a pharmacist knew that while the 30-milligram tablets prescribed were safe for humans, the dosage would kill the dog for whom the prescription was written.

North Huntingdon police arrested the 27-year-old woman who they said had attempted to pass off the bogus prescription. She faces a preliminary hearing later this month on a felony charge of attempting to acquire a controlled substance.

Police say the recent case illustrates the growing concern about illegally obtained prescription painkillers.


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