If you have been charged with prescription fraud, you want an experienced criminal attorney to represent you. You may face a possible fine and prison sentence if you’re convicted. A drug-related crime can also ruin your personal and professional standing, making it difficult to secure a loan, housing, or find a job.
Unfortunately, you may be perceived by others as guilty before your case even goes to court. The criminal justice system will not protect your rights. You need the trusted South Carolina criminal defense lawyers of Truslow & Truslow to work alongside you and build a persuasive case that offers the best chance of a positive result.
Our legal team is made up of experienced negotiators and skilled litigators. This means we may be able to negotiate a reduced charge with the prosecutor and will fight tenaciously to protect your rights in court. Call us today at (803) 256-6276 for a confidential consultation about your case.
Prescription drug fraud is linked to the opioid epidemic. In 2019, nearly one-third of all opioid deaths involved heroin, a street opioid. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 75 percent of people who were abusing opioids reported their first exposure was to a prescription drug. In 2020, 91,799 Americans died from a drug overdose, which is 31 percent higher than the number who died in 2019.
The rising number of Americans who are addicted to opioids and die from a drug overdose is one reason prescription fraud is taken so seriously.
Prescription fraud happens in a variety of ways. Charges can be brought against individuals who get medication through deceptive practices. In some cases, an individual may steal a doctor’s prescription pad and forge their own prescriptions.
Others get prescriptions from health care providers who are willing participants in unethical practices. In this case, both the healthcare provider and the recipient can be charged with prescription fraud charges. Individuals who misrepresent themselves to a pharmacist or a physician for the express purpose of getting a prescription may also be charged.
In some cases, individuals may doctor shop. This is a practice of seeing multiple physicians with the same complaint without telling each doctor about the other. Prescriptions are filled at multiple pharmacies to support a drug habit or to supply drugs to others.
A charge of prescription fraud may also be brought against a person who impersonates a healthcare provider. An offender may call the pharmacy when the doctor’s office is not open and leave their own phone number as the doctor’s office number for the pharmacy to confirm the prescription. Offenders may also alter a prescription that’s been legitimately provided by a physician. The most common type of alteration is to increase the number of pills dispensed by the pharmacy.
According to information from Blue Cross Blue Shield, the majority of prescription drug fraud is found in the southern states. Nearly 48 percent of all prescription drug fraud happens along the southern states from Texas to North Carolina. Drug-seeking behavior from individuals who are addicted accounts for the greatest number of prescription fraud cases.
The penalty for prescription fraud is linked in part to the controlled substance involved in the fraud. There are a variety of types of controlled substances that fall into one of five schedules or categories. The drugs are placed into different categories based on their potential for abuse or dependency and accepted medical use.
To prosecute a fraud charge, the prosecutor must prove certain elements of the case.
If you or someone you love has been charged with prescription drug fraud, call the office of Truslow & Truslow today. It is imperative that you contact an experienced South Carolina criminal defense attorney immediately.
City police and state and federal law enforcement may be involved in drug-related charges. You should not face an experienced prosecution team alone. We can advise you about your legal options, develop a strategy to protect your rights, and attempt to negotiate for a lesser charge or a dismissed case.
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