The man filled scripts for OxyContin four times until a pharmacy staff member became suspicious
Fronting Albury Local Court in regional NSW, the man admitted he had found a doctor’s prescription pad while working for a document shredding company between 2013 and 2015, reports The Border Mail.
And instead of destroying the pad, the worker pocketed it and began writing himself prescriptions for OxyContin tablets, the court heard.
He successfully filled four prescriptions for 30 tablets of OxyContin, then decided to switch to a different drug.
After writing a prescription for 50 x 5mg tablets of Diazepam and presenting to the local pharmacy, a staff member became suspicious.
They took the script and the man’s Medicare card and contacted the doctor to whom the pad belonged, discovering that the doctor no longer used handwritten prescriptions and worked elsewhere.
Further checks revealed the man had never been a patient of the practice.
In Albury Local Court, he pleaded guilty to five counts of altering prescriptions, reports The Border Mail.
He will be sentenced in October.