Man charged with altering prescription

Thursday, May 30, 2002

A former Viola resident was arrested in Salem May 20 after he allegedly altered three drug prescriptions by changing the prescriptions from antibiotics to a controlled substance.

After relocating to Mountain Home, Carl Jay Wright, 26, received medical treatment in the emergency room at Baxter Regional Medical Center on three separate occasions in May at which time he received prescriptions for antibiotics, said Salem Police Chief Albert Roork.

Wright reportedly altered the prescriptions to a controlled substance called Oxycontin which is a strong pain killer normally given to terminally ill patients, Roork reported.

Wright filled the first prescription May 10 at the Salem Drug Company for 20 milligrams of Oxycontin.

Roork said the pharmacist became suspicious when Wright returned the second time May 16 and the same prescription had increased to 40 milligrams.

An employee from the pharmacy alerted Baxter Regional Medical Center where a nurse confirmed the prescription had been altered.

While en route to the Salem Drug Company to fill the third prescription Wright contacted the pharmacy and told them he was on his way and asked them to stay open, Roork said.

The pharmacy notified Roork so he and officer Butch Blair arrived at the scene and arrested Wright as he attempted to get the prescription filled in the amount of 80 milligrams.

Wright has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of attempting to acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance.

After paying his bond in the amount of $10,000, Wright was released from the Fulton County jail.

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