November 25, 2014

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Police: Women forged nearly a dozen prescriptions for oxycodone

Surveillance video from a Target in Wadsworth shows two women drug enforcement agents in two counties believe are responsible for forging at least 11 prescriptions. (PHOTOS PROVIDED)

Surveillance video from a Target in Wadsworth shows two women drug enforcement agents in two counties believe are responsible for forging at least 11 prescriptions. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

MEDINA — Drug enforcement officers in two counties are looking for a pair of women accused of forging prescription at five Medina County drugstores.

Agent J. Tadd Davis of the Medina County Drug Task Force said the woman entered three pharmacies in Medina and two in Wadsworth on June 18 and filled a prescription for 120 oxycodone pills at each location.

Davis said the women also are accused of forging scripts at six pharmacies in the Canton and North Canton areas in March and May.

Oxycodone, a narcotic, is prescribed for pain relief. The prescriptions the women filled were for 30 milligram pills. Pills of that dose have a street value of around $30 each, Davis said.

“They’ve redirected more than 1,000 in pills,” he said. “It’s quite a bit of money when you add it up.”

The drug task force also is working with the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency in Wayne County.

Davis said the scripts the women used to get the pills were forged using a Wooster doctor’s name and address, but that his prescription pads were not stolen.

Surveillance video from a Target in Wadsworth shows the vehicle police believe the women are traveling in, a Chevrolet Traverse. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Surveillance video from a Target in Wadsworth shows the vehicle police believe the women are traveling in, a Chevrolet Traverse. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

He said the scripts had the doctor’s name and prescription information in the correct places, but analysis of the paper showed that while the scripts looked similar to the doctor’s pad, the paper was different. The doctor also never reported a theft of his prescription pads.

“These people are fairly good at what they’re doing,” Davis said.

Surveillance video from a Target in Wadsworth shows the women entering the store before they head to the pharmacy to fill a prescription with a fake script.

Both women are brunette and in their 20s or early 30s. They are believed to be traveling in a newer-model Chevrolet Traverse.

If you can help identify the women, call Davis at (330) 725-9181. Information can be reported confidentially.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com. Follow her on Twitter @lorengenson.