I'm a disabled veteran with PTSD, which I take medication for. The VA sends it to the house. When I went to pick it up the seal is broken and over 20 pills are gone, which without them puts me out for the count for 10 days.
The ONLY thing that has saved her from me not having her arrested it that she'll get my brother to take the fall. Which because they are out on bond, means an automatic felony and jail time.
What will happen if I file a police report?
If you file a police report, the police will get involved, and will do what needs to be done. However, if you DON'T file a police report, you run a substantial risk of being charged with a crime yourself, as an accomplice to your brother's girlfriend's theft and sales (or whatever she does with them) of the pills. I have handled similar cases in the past two years, so I can speak with some degree of experience.
Your best bet is to have your mail transferred to a postal mailbox to which only you have the key, and to get these people out of your house. If she/they would do this, there is no telling what else they would do, and you are potentially criminally liable for anything that is found in this home with your name on it.
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Once the police are involved, you cannot control the outcome. However, as the other post responded, you might be accused of providing the medication if she is turning around and selling it to someone else. While you may not want to take the chance of getting your brother in trouble, remember that it is HIS decision to be with this girl. Don't let his poor decisions influence you not to do the right thing. You need your meds.
At the very least, call your doctor (or whoever is prescribing the meds) and tell him what happened and ask him what you need to do to get your prescription refilled. If a police report is required, then do it. You can always help your brother by testifying on his behalf down the road if necessary, but he should not have brought her into your house in the first place if she's going to do something like that.
I noticed the poster suggested you should get a P.O. Box, and that would normally be a good idea, but many drug companies (and probably the VA) will not mail drugs to a P.O. Box for this very reason -- medicine can get into the wrong hands. You might open up a box with one of those companies like Mailboxes, etc.; it's really nothing more than a postal box, but rather than saying "P.O. Box 100" it will say something like "Apartment 100" or "Suite 100", so people who have your mailing address think it's a street address rather than a postal box. Otherwise, have the pills sent to your doctor's office and pick them up yourself. My son used to live in an unsavory neighborhood, so this is what he would do, and he would go pick them up from his doctor so no one could beat him to the mailbox and steal his medication.
Good luck! And thank you for your service in the military!
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