Since You Asked

Sometimes I see the charge "tampering with drug records" listed in the Emergency Services report. What does that mean? The only thing I can picture is someone going through a filing cabinet, or computer, and changing drug records, but I'm sure that's not it.

­— Tom C., Eagle Point

Well, that's not quite it, Tom, but you are on the right track.

A person faces a tampering with drug records charge if he or she alters, defaces or removes a label placed on a prescription bottle. Most people do this to change a label to their name in order to obtain drugs that have not been prescribed to them.

You also will be hit with this charge if you use someone else's identity when filling out an order for a prescription at a pharmacy or hospital and if you make a verbal statement trying to fulfill a fraudulent prescription.

Tampering with drug records is a felony.

A number of stories dealing with this crime have appeared in the Mail Tribune over the past two years. The one that generated some of the most heated reactions was the 2007 arrest of a Medford woman who was charged with stealing pain medication intended for Alzheimer's patients at an assisted living center.

Becky Leigh Maners, 42, was given three years probation and ordered to pay close to $1,900 restitution for stealing more than 1,000 hydrocodone pills from the Farmington Square facility. In addition, the court ruled that she not work at an assisted care facility while under probation, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.

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