Prescription pill abuse is a growing concern in North Huntingdon
January 8, 2014
by Tony LaRussa
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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