ELLSWORTH, Maine — Police here have charged a local woman with acquiring drugs by deception after she allegedly added a zero to a prescription for a painkiller used to treat opiate addiction.
Ellsworth police say Kayla Massicotte, 22, of Ellsworth turned in a prescription intended for four Suboxone tablets at the Hannaford pharmacy on Aug. 1. Doctors usually write a numerical and spelled out prescription, such as “100” and “one hundred,” to prevent patients from tampering with prescriptions.
Her doctor had written both “4” and “four” on the prescription, said Officer Kelvin Mote, but Massicotte added a zero and the letters “ty,” resulting in a prescription that read “40” and “fourty.”
“So now you have a misspelled word, but it was slight enough it got missed at first,” Mote said Friday. “But after the fact, it was found out by the pharmacy.”
Mote said prescription tampering is not an unusual method for stealing drugs, but that it doesn’t happen often in Ellsworth.
Massicotte was summoned for the felony charge Thursday, and her first appearance in Ellsworth District Court is on Oct. 25. Acquiring drugs by deception is a Class C crime, punishable by up to five years incarceration and a $5,000 fine.
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