ORANGE PARK Fla. -- They're the ticket to helping you feel better, but police say prescription drug pads are now being used by addicts to feed their addiction.
Action News has uncovered a new drug crime. Capt. Barry Abramowitz of the Clay County Sheriff's Office says ever since the narcotics unit has cracked down on pill mills, criminals have taken to stealing prescription pads.
"I had to beef up my pill squad because of all this activity and may have to add another one possibly because there's more activity," he said.
Just this week his team tracked down and arrested Kristina Mosely. They says she forged a prescription for Dilaudid, a powerful opiate, using the prescription pad belonging to the Orange Park chief medical officer. Detectives believe even more fraudulently written scripts were written from that same pad.
"It's only going to be a matter of time before we catch everybody," said Abramowitz.
Pharmacists are facing a new challenge weeding out the criminals, making your wait in line a little bit longer.
Action News visited Stay Well Pharmacy in Middleburg where several fraudulent scripts were intercepted. Pharmacists there say they're now forced to verify everything with the prescribing doctor.
"After this many instances you're forced to do it. Now you have to call the doctor whether it's written from the doctor," said pharmacist Venu Kolla.
The Sheriff's Office says Clay pharmacies like Stay Well have become the first line of defense against fraudulent prescriptions. Constant communication has helped but police say addicts will do anything to get their high.
"The drug is an opiate. An opiate is a schedule two. It's very highly addictive," Abramowitz said.
Abramowitz said Wednesday the stolen prescription pad has not been recovered and is presumed destroyed. He also said that a receptionist at the doctor's officestole the pad and there is a warrant out for her arrest. There are seven additional warrants now active for other people in Jacksonville for similar fraudulent use of scripts written off the same stolen pad.