Stillwater News Press

July 1, 2013

Stillwater Police Department launches prescription database

By Megan Sando
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Stillwater Police Department is creating a database of individuals who report lost or stolen prescription medications, police spokesman Capt. Randy Dickerson said.

Police have noticed an increase in the number of reports regarding the theft or loss of prescription medications, especially pain medications.

The database will allow officers to track individuals who have made reports previously, Dickerson said.

Several of the theft reports were suspicious, Dickerson said. The Special Projects Unit is increasing efforts to evaluate the validity of these reports.

Addiction is cited as one of the reasons prescriptions are either sold or abused.

Most doctors require a police report be filed in order for individuals to receive additional medication. Detectives have worked several cases and determined the reports were falsified to obtain more prescription medications, Dickerson said.

For this reason, the Police Department is working closely with medical care professionals to ensure communication is open to limit misuse or abuse of prescription medications.

The department understands theft happens, Dickerson said. Residents are encouraged to take care in storing prescriptions, and to notify police when a prescription medicine is lost or stolen, he said.

These types of crime reports will be screened for validity. False reporting of a crime is a violation of Oklahoma Law under Title 21-589 and is a misdemeanor punishable by 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine, he said.