A Boalsburg woman faces felony charges for allegedly forging a prescription for a powerful pain reliever.
Police say Meagan Martain, 30, entered the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 510 Westerly Parkway on Saturday, where she gave the pharmacist a prescription for three medications issued by the State College Advanced Urgent Care office. Pharmacy staff contacted police after noticing that part of the prescription appeared to be forged.
According to a criminal complaint, the prescription was for a mild pain-reliever known as Fiorecet and a second "unreadable" medication, both of which appeared to be written by the same person with the same pen. A third medication listed on the prescription reportedly appeared to be in a different handwriting from a different pen, and was for 60 tablets of hydrocodone -- a powerful pain-reliever and one of the main ingredients in Vicodin.
Police say Martain initially denied forging the prescription, but changed her story when an officer said that police would be in contact with the doctor who issued it. She reportedly told police that the doctor "hates" her, and did not prescribe the hydrocodone.
Police say the alleged forgery incident occurred on the same day Martin was issued a citation for summary retail theft from a store on College Avenue.
Martain faces felony and misdemeanor forgery charges. She was arraigned and is being held on $50,000 bail while awaiting a Feb. 4 preliminary hearing.
According to the Department of Justice website, hydrocodone-based drugs can be classified as either a schedule two or schedule three controlled substance, depending on the ingredients. The federal government classifies drugs in five "schedules" based on their medical value and potential for abuse. Schedule two and three drugs are considered to have a moderate to high potential for abuse, with a high likelihood for physical or psychological dependance.
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