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Prescription fraud

Man admits to getting multiple pain medications

September 13, 2013

A Marietta man admitted Thursday in Washington County Common Pleas Court that he had obtained overlapping oxycodone, hydrocodone and codeine prescriptions by lying to multiple doctors....

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OhioResident

Sep-17-13 9:04 PM

@ea333555..I understand where you are coming from about addictions and such. I tried many different options before the pain medications were started, such as physical therapy, steroid injections, acupuncture, and non-narcotic pain medication before I even began using narcotics to live a 'normal' life per-say. Bone pain is quite hard to live with daily and believe me if I could go without I would. I appreciate your input and have no ill feelings toward your opinion. I do go to a pain management clinic and my medication is monitored closely so that the Dr's know if I am taking my medication properly. As far as being addicted now, yes..I most likely am. But I would much rather be addicted honestly than being a seeker from the streets ruining it for the ones that really need it. I'm glad that you were able to 'kick the habit' Keep up the good work. And to all of you that are in a lot of pain, try physical therapy first, or any other alternative medication before narcotic:/

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ea333555

Sep-17-13 10:43 AM

OhioResident: It does make it hard for someone with a legitimate need for pain medication to obtain a Rx......but not nearly impossible. Many people who are addicts start out just like you. They obtain a Rx for pain meds and it starts the down spiral. If you don't agree, just go to the ever growing number of treatment clinics and ask. Many people like yourself get started on these meds for legitimate reasons but end up "needing" them to be able to function. I'm not saying this is your case but these are the majority. It was in my case. I no longer take these drugs but it has been an ongoing struggle to beat my addiction. So if you would look at your situation, then I think you could see how a great majority of these so called "Idiots" are people just like yourself who find themselves in a struggle to function. The addiction creeps up on them and controls their life with an unrelenting grasp. IMO

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OhioResident

Sep-17-13 1:13 AM

Idiots like this make it almost entirely impossible for someone that deals with chronic pain on a daily basis to get an Rx for pain medication. This is why most states have started sending patients to pain management clinics. However, the Pharmacy's data bases are all linked together and they should have picked up on this situation on the second or third Rx. The Dr's cannot be blamed for writing Rx's, they also don't keep in contact with one another to see if this one has gotten an Rx etc, etc..HIPPA law..pretty tough rules. I for one use strong narcotic medication, not because I want to, but because I need to in order to have some quality of life. Keep these idiots locked up and throw away the key!!

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hockeypuck

Sep-16-13 9:50 AM

He is either a druggie or a dealer. Put him away for a year to teach a lesson to him and others.

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Tessie

Sep-14-13 11:19 AM

Doctors don't have access to those records as far as I know, because of privacy issues. The pharmacies do. Each time a prescription for a controlled substance is presented at a pharmacy, it is entered into a database, The Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS). If the person is already filling a prescription for that drug, the new prescription is supposed to be flagged so the pharmacy doesn't fill it. At least that's how I understand it.

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Valveguy

Sep-14-13 7:07 AM

Doctor only prescribes. The pharmacy keeps records of the doctor, patient and drug. You already have one set of records to check. Maybe we should get the right and left hand talking.

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NasCarNut

Sep-13-13 5:35 PM

Why is it the doctor’s job to keep track and report?

Duh, the doctor is the one who precribes the meds, the pharmacists only fills the script...no script no meds, that was easy...

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townie

Sep-13-13 2:54 PM

Absolutely Dr's should be held responsible. I know for a fact there are Dr's that will write a script without even seeing the patient. I also have a hunch that these drugs were most likely paid for by none other than the good ole tax payer.

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Harleyrider

Sep-13-13 11:44 AM

jUST A THOUGHT, MAYBE dOCTORS SHOULD NOT BE SO QUICK TO HAND OUT THESE SCRIPTS LIKE CANDY.

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Valveguy

Sep-13-13 11:11 AM

Why is it the doctor’s job to keep track and report? Last time I checked prescriptions come from Pharmacies. It would make sense that pharmacies keep track of these prescriptions since they issue the drugs are all computerized. Each store within a system, like all CVS and all Walgreens, know exactly what each is issuing. There are very few independents left which makes it easier for them to police this.

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NasCarNut

Sep-13-13 10:44 AM

Then maybe it should be "required"...doesn't make sense to have a tool to prevent fraud and not use it, well unless you don't want others to know what you're up to ;)

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ea333555

Sep-13-13 10:19 AM

Not all doctors use the reporting system. It is not required. It is just a tool as of now.

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NasCarNut

Sep-13-13 9:23 AM

The Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System exists to prevent this, and it works.

So either the doctors ignored it or are not using it, which is it??...

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Tessie

Sep-13-13 9:11 AM

"Bunga" & "Nut", why shouldn't doctors be allowed to write prescriptions for pain control? I imagine this person's pain is legitimate, probably physical, but maybe not. Making it more difficult for people to obtain adequate medications to control excruciating pain is a step backward. The key is that he was prescription shopping in order to deceptively obtain Oxycontin. As Teacher said, The Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System exists to prevent this, and it works.

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NasCarNut

Sep-13-13 8:04 AM

Shouldn't all the doctors names be published right along with this mans??...

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BungalowRose

Sep-13-13 6:21 AM

Drs should not be writing all these scripts....its all about the money for the Drs..and their kickbacks from the pharm companies....

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Teacher

Sep-13-13 6:05 AM

Eh hem.....The Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) was established in 2006 as a tool to assist healthcare professionals in providing better treatment for patients with medical needs while quickly identifying drug seeking behaviors. An OARRS Prescription History Report can assist in assuring that a patient is getting the appropriate drug therapy and is taking their medication as prescribed.

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