THURGOONA man Daniel Phillip Smart altered a prescription from a doctor hoping to get a larger supply of the pain-killing drug Oxycontin after suffering injuries at work.
But Smart was told in Albury Local Court yesterday by magistrate Tony Murray that the drug had featured in coronial matters he has handled.
“In Wagga, there were a large number of deaths from Oxycontin abuse,” Mr Murray told Smart.
The comment was made to Smart, 32, of Buffalo Crescent, when Mr Murray imposed a $450 fine following a guilty plea to a charge of forging or altering a prescription for a restricted substance.
Smart was issued with a script on August 25 by a doctor who stipulated six tablets of 80-milligram Oxycontin.
Smart went to the Thurgoona chemist after he had increased the quantity to 16 but on the bottom of the script the doctor had written “only six tablets dose”.
The dispensing chemist rejected the script and contacted police.
Police went to Smart’s home on September 11 and he admitted the offence, saying “I did not have enough to get me through”.