Drug thefts get increased scrutiny amid fraudulent reports

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NEW MIAMI, Ohio (AP) — Police in a southwest Ohio village are balking at filing prescription drug theft reports because of skepticism about their authenticity.

New Miami Police Chief Dan Gilbert says the department has seen too many fraudulent ones filed by drug abusers and dealers who take police reports to doctors or pharmacies to get more drugs.

Gilbert says he doesn’t want to facilitate putting more drugs on the streets.

Other departments in Butler County agree there is more scrutiny of theft reports. The county north of Cincinnati has been struggling with drug abuse, especially deaths from heroin.

Officers in Middletown and Hamilton say detectives handle drug theft investigations. If the case seems suspicious, they can take steps to check drug history including with a database that tracks prescription histories.


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