North Bay woman faces fraud charge following return of counterfeit Fentanyl patches to local pharmacy
In accordance with North Bay’s Patch-4-Patch program, patients with legitimate Fentanyl patch prescriptions must return their used patches to the pharmacist before they are able to renew their prescriptions. If a pharmacist has reason to believe that any returned patches are counterfeit or have been misused or tampered with, he or she will refuse to fill the new prescription.
Following an investigation into a report of the return of 10 suspected counterfeit patches to a local pharmacy on December 31st, 2015, North Bay Police arrested a 53-year old North Bay woman at police headquarters yesterday morning and charged her with one count of fraud under $5000.
The North Bay Police Service seized the suspected counterfeit Fentanyl patches as evidence.
The accused was released from custody with a court date scheduled for February 9th, 2016.
The illegal recreational use of Fentanyl can be lethal
Fentanyl is an extremely potent synthetic opioid that is about 100 times stronger than morphine and 40 times more potent than heroin. Patients, who are legally prescribed Fentanyl for chronic pain, apply a single patch to their skin for a 72-hour slow release of the medication.
Fentanyl that is used illegally and recreationally is known by several street names: Apache, China Girl, China White, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfella, Jackpot, Murder 8, TNT, Tango and Cash. The public is warned that eating, smoking, sucking the drug out, injecting, or chewing a patch, or a part of a patch, for recreational purposes can be lethal.