A man reportedly edited a script for oxycodone five times – and had it dispensed five times from the same pharmacy
The Ballarat Courier reports that Lachlan Ronis pleaded guilty at the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court to charges relating to the script.
He fraudulently changed the dates, strength and quantity of oxycodone – which had been prescribed for jaw pain by a doctor – on five separate occasions in 2019.
After successfully obtaining the oxycodone on these occasions from one pharmacy, in June 2019 he went to another to try and obtain the medicine at another store.
On this occasion, the pharmacy reported him to the police.
According to the Courier, Mr Ronis admitted to the offence and told them that he was using the oxycodone to manage his pain, but that he had become dependent on the drug.
The Court heard that he has since undergone rehabilitation, and his defence lawyer produced details of his mental health care plan, telling the Court that Mr Ronis had “done everything he can” not to find himself in a similar situation.
Magistrate John Lesser told Mr Ronis that “if everyone did what you did it would bring the whole health system to its knees”.
He said that “you will go to jail at some point if you keep doing this stuff”.
However, he took into account Mr Ronis’ moves to deal with his drug dependency and said that while he would have sentenced the man to a community corrections order, Mr Ronis was already taking such steps.
He was convicted and fined $2500.