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Stolen Prescriptions Sold to Drug Addicts

According to Geir Jón Thórisson, chief constable in the capital region, falsified prescription forms are being passed around among drug addicts in the capital region. About 3,000 blank prescription forms have been stolen since 2001.

Medical Director of Health Sigurdur Gudmundsson told Fréttabladid cases of falsified prescriptions are reported regularly and that there are mainly two kinds of such cases.

“Healthcare workers who do not have authority to prescribe medicine have somehow gotten their hands on prescriptions and falsified them,” Gudmundsson said. “Also, there are people who have nothing to do with the healthcare system, and change or steal prescriptions in their search for drugs.”

The Icelandic Medicine Control Agency has received 262 reports of falsified prescriptions in seven years. During the same period, the agency received reports of 68 stolen books with standard prescriptions, containing almost 3,000 blank forms in total.

Managing Director of Lyfja pharmacy Sigurbjörn Gunnarsson said all cases of falsified prescriptions are reported to the agency. “But there are probably many cases where people aren’t caught with phony prescriptions because pharmacy workers don’t always notice them.”

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