For any number of reasons, you, and others throughout Maricopa County, may be using prescription drugs that you do not have a valid prescription for. While possessing and using prescription-only medications without a prescription, or for non-medicinal purposes is prohibited by law, so too is obtaining these drugs from a pharmacy through fraudulent means. At The Baker Law Firm, LLC, people often ask us what it means to be charged with prescription fraud. In this post then, we will discuss what constitutes prescription fraud in the state of Arizona, and the penalties you potentially could face if convicted of this offense.
In the state of Arizona, you may be charged with prescription fraud if you obtain a drug that is available only with a valid prescription by deceit, fraud, misrepresentation or subterfuge. For example, you steal, or otherwise come to possess, a prescription pad from a licensed physician. Then, you use it to write prescriptions for yourself. This could be considered prescription fraud. So too could changing the dispense amount on a legitimately prescribed drug, printing prescription pads for actual doctors with different call back numbers, and calling in prescriptions yourself and providing your phone number as the call back confirmation.
Under Arizona state law, prescription fraud is considered a class one misdemeanor offense. As such, you could be fined up to $2,500 if convicted of this charge. Additionally, you may also be sentenced to as many as six months in jail. These penalties may be imposed on their own, or together.
For more information regarding prescription fraud, please visit our drug crimes overview page.