Obtaining A Controlled Substance by Fraud |Prescription Fraud | Doctor Shopping Laws
§ 90-108 Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud
Prescription Fraud in North Carolina is becoming more and more common as certain medications such as pain killers become more potent and more frequently dispensed. While some forms of prescription fraud are committed innocently enough, other times it is an intentional act.
Prescription fraud covers a range of drugs including Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Valium, Klonopin, Morphine, Adderall and the list goes on. Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud can be committed in multiple ways:
1) Visiting multiple doctors in an attempt to get several prescriptions for the same medication (often called doctor shopping).
2) Altering or forging a prescription
3) Impersonating a physician to obtain a prescription
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While there are circumstances under which prescription fraud can be charged as a misdemeanor, the majority of cases are charged at the felony level. The delineation comes from whether the act of fraud was intentional or unintentional.
Drugs are classified by schedules in North Carolina drug crimes. Schedule I drugs are the most serious in terms of potential for abuse and dependency as well as potency. These drugs include heroin and ecstasy. There are no prescription Schedule I drugs. When dealing with prescription fraud, most drugs fall into Schedule II through Schedule IV, which include Oxycodone, Morphine, Xanax, ketamine, etc. Schedule V drugs have a relatively low risk for abuse and dependency, such as cough medicine. The last group, Schedule VI includes marijuana and related products.