What Is Prescription Fraud?

When considering drug crimes, most people assume illicit substances must always be involved. Did you know it is possible to commit a drug crime due to the improper use of a prescription drug?  In recent years, there has been an upsurge in the abuse of prescription drugs, resulting in frequent cases of prescription fraud.

Prescription drug fraud is considered to be one form of a drug crime. It can be defined as securing prescription drugs via illegal methods, with the use of deceit, and/or misrepresentation. Colorado law includes a variety of drug crimes under the umbrella of prescription fraud. Continue reading to learn more about the specific actions deemed as Colorado prescription fraud.

Specific Types of Prescription Fraud

Obtaining multiple prescriptions for the same drug via various medical professionals is considered to be “doctor shopping” and highly illegal under Colorado law. This crime is typically committed in order to secure large amounts of prescription painkillers; however, the law includes any prescription drug. Often people go this route as a means to secure products that they can resell for financial gain, or fuel their own drug addiction. Beware that you could be charged with this crime if you withhold information regarding what medications you are taking when visiting any subsequent medical provider.

You could also be guilty of prescription fraud if you are found in possession of a prescription drug that you do not have a valid prescription for. This even includes the possession of medication that was prescribed to you, with a prescription that has since expired.

It may seem obvious, but writing your own prescriptions is considered prescription fraud. Even altering a legitimate script will be considered the same as forgery. Any act of producing a false script via a computer, writing your own script via a stolen prescription pad, or even changing one’s name, refill amounts, and/or dosing instructions is included under the umbrella of prescription fraud.

Pretending you are an authorized medical person, including the use of your personal number for verification, and subsequently phoning in a prescription at a pharmacy is very illegal under Colorado law.

Beware that is also illegal to buy ANY prescription drug from ANY person selling it. Whether it be from a family member, an acquaintance, a dealer on the street, or a black-market internet site, this is ALWAYS considered prescription fraud.

Lying about being robbed (filing a fraudulent police report) in an attempt to have more medication prescribed to you (typically painkillers) is also a crime of prescription fraud.

Even Drs. answer to the law if they are found prescribing medications for improper reasons. This also includes writing scripts for those outside their medical practice.

Consequences Are No Laughing Matter

Drug-related crimes are considered especially serious by the federal government. Thus, if you are charged for prescription fraud, it is a possibility it will fall within the jurisdiction of the federal court system, as it can be considered a federal crime.

While this is a possibility, is it is not always the case, with many such incidents being tried at the state level within the Colorado court system. Due to the extremely serious nature of this crime, you can’t afford to walk this road alone. Allow an attorney skilled in the defense of drug crimes to help you defend your good name and protect your future.