Police said Freeman took his prescription to a Rite Aid Pharmacy, at 2202 Danville Road S. W. , and a pharmacist concluded Freeman had altered his prescription to reflect two refills. The miscommunication between the pharmacist and doctor led to Freeman’s felony arrest in the store’s parking lot for attempting to commit a controlled substance crime. Although those charges have been dropped, Freeman still faces a parole revocation hearing after being arrested for driving under the influence.
Jody Cook, a spokeswoman for Rite Aid Pharmacies headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa. , referred THE DAILY to the Decatur police report, declining to comment on the drug store’s policy pertaining to possible prescription-related offenses. During the past year, police have responded on a monthly basis to incidents of people suspected of passing forged and altered prescriptions. The goal is to obtain narcotic pain medication not available over-the-counter. Sgt. sydney conveyancing Faron White said investigators now exercise more scrutiny when police receive reports of someone suspected of attempting to commit a controlled substance crime.
The only thing that has been changed is that the investigator has to speak personally to the doctor and show him the prescription before making the charge,” White said, “Instead of going strictly with the word of the pharmacist or the charge nurse. “Steve Brackeen, the chief nursing officer at Parkway Medical Center, said the hospital has enacted a policy that will prevent future miscommunications. “Anytime any pharmacy calls about a prescription we ask them to fax a copy as it was presented,” Brackeen said. That way we’re both looking at the same thing when we discuss it.
Police decided not to bring Freeman’s case to a Morgan County grand jury, confirming Feb. 24 their intention to drop the felony charge. State Probation and Parole Officer Murray E. Millwee said his office didn’t know police planned to drop charges against Freeman, and had they known, they wouldn’t have immediately issued a Feb. 26 warrant for his arrest.