by: Tom Regan Updated:
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. - Two women are accused of passing phony prescriptions to get drugs from pharmacies.
Channel 2’s Tom Regan learned that the women are being held in the Cherokee County jail.
Investigators said they are not sure whether the women stole a prescription pad or printed up the prescription forms themselves.
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The women used bogus prescription forms that investigators say gave real clinic names with forged doctors’ signatures.
The Cherokee multi-agency narcotics squad arrested the two women, who are cousins, outside a pharmacy on Tuesday.
Regan was told that an undercover drug agency was at the pharmacy following up on a tip when one of the suspects showed to pick up a prescription for oxycodone.
Cmdr. Phil Price said he apparently looked out of place behind the prescription counter, and the suspect ran into the parking lot to a car occupied by another woman, who also presented forged prescriptions earlier that day.
"So when pharmacist call to verify the prescription, they actually are talking with someone involved in this ring," Price said.
Despite the crackdown on prescription pain medicines, bogus prescription writing is still a big problem, authorities say and is directly linked to the heroin epidemic.
Sheriff's said they've more or less eliminated so called pill mills, but phony prescriptions are making their way to medications.
Developing: Two women under arrest-accused of writing phony prescription to get pain meds. How investigators nabbed them... pic.twitter.com/fjPhIpMR09— Tom Regan (@tomreganWSB) May 18, 2017
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