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Two arrested for trying to get fake prescription filled


McDowell County, W.Va. (WVVA)- Authorities with the McDowell County Sheriff's Department arrested two people after they tried to have a fake prescription filled at the Rite Aid pharmacy in Bradshaw, West Virginia.

52-year-old, Carolyn Akers, and 30-year-old, Ricky Garlic, Jr., were arrested April 28 for changing the dosage amount for a prescription. Akers and Garlic are being charged with prescription fraud and conspiracy, and being held at the Southwestern Regional Jail.

But Michael Dye, a pharmacist at New Graham Pharmacy in Bluefield, Virginia, says the abuse of prescription drugs doesn't surprise him. In his 30 years as a pharmacist, he says he's caught people trying to fill fake prescriptions. Dye says some patients are addicted to prescription drugs and tamper with the amount of the pill dosage to feed their habit.

"We still have a tremendous problem with prescription drug abuse, and we have a real problem with certain individuals in our communities obtaining prescriptions under false pretenses," says Dye.

Dye says patients will go from one pharmacy to the next trying to get away with filling a fake prescription. But Dye says he keeps a watchful eye on prescriptions that don't look legitimate.

"Do people get away with it? Unfortunately, yes they do. Will people eventually get caught? Yes, they will."

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