Christopher Olson, 42, of New Haven was arrested on Sept. 25 when he attempted to obtain a controlled substance at the Stop & Shop Pharmacy at 22 Leets Island Road in Branford with a fraudulent prescription.
Branford Police Captain Geoffrey Morgan said Olson was using a legal prescription from a doctor that had been altered.
The pharmacists, stated Morgan, is trained to be on the lookout for such instances because “forged prescriptions are on the increase due to the addictive nature of the controlled substances.”
“The pharmacists,” Morgan continues, “now recognize what drugs are highly sought after for their street value and are addictive in nature.” They check for documentation from the person requesting the prescription and then compare information in a computer database that other pharmacies share.
Morgan said there have been nine reported forgeries of narcotic prescriptions in the last year, in Branford.
Oslon is due to appear in New Haven Superior Court on Oct. 4.