Friday 20 September 2019

Drug user altered his prescription


A MAN who altered a doctor's prescription in an attempt to obtain an extra week's dose of diazepam had his case adjourned at Wexford District Court to enable him to undergo drug screening.

Colin Roche, 41 Liam Mellows Park, pleaded guilty to having an altered prescription at Boots chemist in North Main Street on October 21, 2010.

A garda witness said the defendant changed a prescription to get a two-week dose of diazepam instead of one. He made a full and frank admission of the offence.

The garda said the defendant had 34 previous convictions including a number of convictions under the Misuse of Drugs Act. He is finishing a prison sentence imposed last September for offences that included drug possession.

The defendant's solicitor June O'Hanlon said her client is currently on temporary release, having undergone an appendectomy.

He obtained the prescription from his doctor. It was for two weeks but he altered it to allow him to get it all in one go, she said.

Ms O' Hanlon said the defendant told her that he is now clear of drugs and she certainly noticed a big difference in him physically from the last time she saw him.

She said her client had chronic drug problems and had struggled to deal with them. He felt he had made great progress over the past three or four months in prison.

Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla adjourned the case for three months and remanded the defendant on continuing bail to April 4, to enable the defendant to undergo drug testing, and said he would expect weekly results.

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