Can the doctor or pharmacy find out I ordered Xanax with his DEA number? Is this a criminal illegal case or will they not know?

Asked over 1 year ago - Los Angeles, CA

I'm 24 years old and I take Xanax for sleep so it's documented in my chart. My internist who prescribes it doesn't give me one for every night, he only gives me a 15 per month supply. He fills this electronically with the pharmacy but I noticed one time that his DEA license number is printed on my prescription bottle, so for the last 4 months I've been calling the pharmacy and pretending to be from his office and phone ordering extra refills using his DEA number.

My friend told me doctors get a report of whatever they prescribe from the DEA. Is this true? Also if they find out can I get into a lot of trouble? My friend said the pharmacy sometimes will straight call the DEA and sheriff or police.

Thanks,
Aaron

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  1. Donny Emil Brand

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    Answered . Aaron,

    What you are doing is against federal and state law and could land you in prison serving a long sentence. You need to stop what you are doing right away and contact a criminal lawyer in your area to advise you of what you should do next.

    As an aside, if your doctor does not suit your needs, you can always find another doctor who might be willing to give you more Xanax. This is a free country for law abiding citizens. Breaking the law is NOT the answer and you've created a very serious situation for yourself. Go see an attorney - NOW.

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    Answered . Aaron,

    Doing what you have described in this note is illegal. I suggest before you do anything else, before you make a phone call, send a text, tell a friend about it -- i mean right now before you do anything else - you need to retain a criminal defense lawyer and sit down with him or her and figure out all of the issues that you have exposed yourself to as well as how to handle them moving forward from here. Good luck.

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    Answered . Falsifying prescriptions for controled substances is a violation of federal and California state law... and yes, we doctors do find out what our patient's do... sometimes a pharmacy will call us with a strangely written prescription - say for example, "one kilo of morphine." There is also a CURES database for tracking what prescriptions are filled. Stopping the illegal flood of presccription drugs has become a top priority for the DEA, FBI, and California Medical Board... not groups to mess with.

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  4. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Illegal. Retain a criminal lawyer.

  5. John Paul Thygerson

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    Answered . As noted by my colleagues, yes you can get in A LOT of trouble. Consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area asap. There are many excellent ones here on AVVO and most offer free consultations. Good luck.

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