False drug theft reports up in Sheridan - KOTA Territory News

False drug theft reports up in Sheridan

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For people like Cheryle Bradley of Sheridan, who's family visits the local pharmacy regularly for their medications, prescription drug thefts are always a concern.

"It makes me aware of my responsibility to keep them out of people's hands.  We don't put them out anywhere where people could see them," said Bradley.

But Sheridan Police say a different kind of activity is becoming more frequent, and it involves false reports of prescription drug theft.

"People that may have been prescribed it in the past, a lot of times they become addicted, or hooked on the medication," said Detective Lieutenant Chris Dahmke.

When police enter a home that's reported a prescription drug theft, officers will look for clues that are common to false reports.

"A lot of valuable items such as money or other things aren't touched, yet the only thing taken is a bottle of narcotic prescription medication," said Dahmke.

The drug abusers will claim their medications were stolen, so they will have an excuse to get more from the pharmacy.  The Hospital Pharmacy in Sheridan works with the police and has policies in place to try to prevent fraud.

"We can see what kind of activity they've had.  Are they coming in too early?  Are they repeatedly coming in with lost medicine, lost bottles, been robbed," said Hospital Pharmacy owner Joe Meyer.

But no system is foolproof and drug abusers are out there, so responsible users must do what they can to protect themselves.

"We don't discuss them with other people.  Some of the prescriptions are those that I hear people are looking for to steal," said Bradley.

The Hospital Pharmacy and Sheridan Police say the most common targets for theft and abuse are the painkillers Hydrocodone and Oxycodone.

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