Arrested due to IncompetencePosted by on Monday, May 7th, 2012
A woman in Texas was arrested after trying to fill her prescription at a CVS pharmacy. The woman, Anne Lenhart, explains:
He was like ‘we need to go outside,’ she said. I was on crutches and I had a permanent IV line in my arm. I had a big leg brace. I asked him if it was necessary and he said yes and he rather policingly escorted me out the front door and into the back of a waiting patrol car.
Lenhart was so stunned, she didn’t think to ask the officer questions. The officer explained to her what was going on.
He said, ‘Well we believe that you have forged your pain pill prescription and we are calling your doctor now. But I’ve worked with this pharmacist a number of times and he’s never made a mistake,” Lenhart said.
She was released on bond after spending the night in jail. At the time of her release, she was charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, a felony. They later dropped the charges after speaking with her doctor. Isn’t that what they were supposed to do in the first place?
Lenhart’s doctor confirmed in an affidavit that he wrote the prescription for her and that he never received a call from CVS asking to confirm the prescription.
Her lawyer believes that the pharmacy may have called the wrong doctor.
Stories like this just go to prove why we need to assume innocence and make the state prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. We can’t assume that people don’t make mistakes.
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