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Old 05-05-2012, 01:54 PM   #1
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Anne Lenhart never thought filling a prescription at CVS Pharmacy in Dallas could land her in jail.

The avid yoga practicer raised more $20,000 for Off the Mat, Into the World Global Seva Challenge. OTM is an organization that was founded by Seane Corn, Hali Kouri, and Suzanne Sterling as a way to take the ideas of yoga and translate them into action.

This year OTM was heading to Haiti for a service mission in which they bought and installed lights, worked at Haiti’s tent cities and various other projects.

On their off time, Lenhart and her group headed the Haitian city of Jacmel, a mountainous region with waterfalls and beautiful natural pools.

That’s where the trouble began. Lenhart had waded in the water beneath the waterfall, then climbed up some 30 feet onto a cliff overlooking the water.

“I decided I was ready to come down off the waterfall and it was then that I slipped and I hit an outcropping about 10 feet down and then from there fall another 20 feet into the water,” Lenhart said. The water saved her life but she shattered her kneecap on the way down.

With the help of several men, Lenhart climbed out of the area and after a 3 1/2 hour trip to the nearest hospital in Port-Au-Prince, she underwent reconstructive surgery with no general anesthesia.

A week later she was flown back to the U.S., still in deep pain, and admitted into Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

“They gave me a pretty high, heavy duty narcotic, Norco, as a painkiller going forward and I had used that up. It had been a month and I had called for my refill,” Lenhart said.

The pharmacy called Lenhart to ask her exactly what time she would be in pick up her prescription. She thought it was odd, but told the pharmacy what time she would be there.

Still on crutches and unable to drive, a friend of Lenhart’s, drove her to a CVS Pharmacy in Oak Cliff.

She wasn’t able to pick up her prescription because a police officer arrived to pick her up.

“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.

The officer then took her the Dallas County jail, where she remained overnight. After she was released on bond, she was charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, a felony.

“I couldn’t go back to work until HR had received the paperwork that this was a mistake from my attorney,” she said.

Dallas police later dropped the charges after speaking with Lenhart’s doctor. The Dallas Police Department declined to talk to CBS11 about Lenhart’s arrest.

Now she is suing CVS Pharmacy for False Imprisonment, Defamation and more. Her attorney, Jeff Benton, said her arrest could have been prevented had proper procedures been followed.

“Every doctor that prescribes a narcotic had a DEA number that’s unique to them and if that is cross referenced and the correct doctor is contacted then I don’t imagine that this type of thing would happen,” Benton said. “We suspect the wrong doctor was contacted because they didn’t cross reference the DEA number.”

Everyday pharmacies fill millions of prescriptions for controlled substances. Those drugs are monitored by the DEA.

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. Benton thinks the pharmacy may have called the wrong physician.

A representative from CVS Pharmacy said, “We are investigating how this unfortunate incident occurred and we are working to resolve the matter with Ms. Lenhart and her attorney. As this involves pending litigation, we are unable to provide additional comments at this time.”

“I would love to think that they would actually write me a letter that says ‘I am sorry that this happened to you,’” Lenhart said.

But even more than an apology, Lenhart wants to make sure that this never happens to another patient in pain.

“I don’t want somebody else. I don’t want somebody who I love to go there and get arrested,” she said.
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For those of you who have never been to Oak Cliff, the police have much better things to do with their time than chase pharma-addicts considering things like murder, rape, car theft, and street gangs are prevalent down there.

I hope this woman wins a ---- ton of money from DPD and CVS, but the police should suffer more than anyone else. They made a woman miserable for a few days all because someone on the police force got excited about arresting and charging someone. ------- shameful.
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War on Drugs FTW.

Badly written laws, and laws that try to legislate morality, are at the root of the problem.
Most people are busybodies at heart and want to impose their will, and what they believe is "right", on others.
For leftists, they think making money is immoral so they want to redistribute wealth.
For religious moralists, they think drugs and sex are evil.
So the gov't does both - more laws and more power benefits the bureaucrats and the megalomanics in power. In the meantime most believe in the false "left vs right" paradigm.

The cop should have known better to book her. She was obviously truly in need of pain meds. The system is the problem if said cop "had no choice". But then I don't believe in "the Nuremberg defense". If you're a cop and you enforce a law that you know is wrong, or enforce a law on someone that's obviously not a criminal, then you are a bad cop. The fact that the system weeds out cop applicants who may think for themselves, means that system is bad. The result is the slowly boiling frog.

Norco BTW, isn't "heavy duty". It's just like Vicodin but with 2x the Hydromorphone and 66% the Acetaminophen. I took it after knee surgery and it's not anything addictive to most people like the media would have you believe. It had no "pleasant" side effects. It just made me sleepy. I also had to take Oxy, which was way more effective for the pain, but also made me unpleasantly dizzy.
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Im still waiting to get a knock on the door about all the sudaphed I buy. We keep a constant supply.
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War on Drugs FTW.

Badly written laws, and laws that try to legislate morality, are at the root of the problem.
Most people are busybodies at heart and want to impose their will, and what they believe is "right", on others.
For leftists, they think making money is immoral so they want to redistribute wealth.
For religious moralists, they think drugs and sex are evil.
So the gov't does both - more laws and more power benefits the bureaucrats and the megalomanics in power. In the meantime most believe in the false "left vs right" paradigm.

The cop should have known better to book her. She was obviously truly in need of pain meds. The system is the problem if said cop "had no choice". But then I don't believe in "the Nuremberg defense". If you're a cop and you enforce a law that you know is wrong, or enforce a law on someone that's obviously not a criminal, then you are a bad cop. The fact that the system weeds out cop applicants who may think for themselves, means that system is bad. The result is the slowly boiling frog.

Norco BTW, isn't "heavy duty". It's just like Vicodin but with 2x the Hydromorphone and 66% the Acetaminophen. I took it after knee surgery and it's not anything addictive to most people like the media would have you believe. It had no "pleasant" side effects. It just made me sleepy. I also had to take Oxy, which was way more effective for the pain, but also made me unpleasantly dizzy.
Don't forget that police are trained to create arrest situations, rather than serve and protect the public. Her employer could have fired her without recourse from this incident too.
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After she sits in jail overnight (in excrutiating pain) and possibly loses her job over it, the police can drop the charges and she can pay $500-700 to get her car out of the impound to get home, go to another pharmacy if the prescription paperwork was released from evidence, and then go look for another job.
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Im still waiting to get a knock on the door about all the sudaphed I buy. We keep a constant supply.
I'm with ya. GF and I are both night shifters. We keep a constant supply of anything with "PM" in the name. Which we promptly take in the AM.

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War on Drugs FTW.Norco BTW, isn't "heavy duty". It's just like Vicodin but with 2x the Hydromorphone and 66% the Acetaminophen. I took it after knee surgery and it's not anything addictive to most people like the media would have you believe. It had no "pleasant" side effects. It just made me sleepy. I also had to take Oxy, which was way more effective for the pain, but also made me unpleasantly dizzy.
Vicodin is actually Norco's trade name, that thanks the Dr. House, everyone knows. No 2x anything, it's just hydrocodone and asprin, albeit in different dosages for the different brand names. Gotta be different some how.

Oxycodone and Norco are essentially the same thing, with actually one more opiate in Norco over oxy, although the DEA agrees with you, listing oxy as a schedule II and Norco as a schedule III. Both good ----, I mean cocaine's on the same list as the Norco.
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After she sits in jail overnight (in excrutiating pain) and possibly loses her job over it, the police can drop the charges and she can pay $500-700 to get her car out of the impound to get home, go to another pharmacy if the prescription paperwork was released from evidence, and then go look for another job.
That's one of the worst parts: the cops can arrest you for anything, screw with your day(s) and then just say, "oops, my bad!" and you have almost no recourse.
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That's one of the worst parts: the cops can arrest you for anything, screw with your day(s) and then just say, "oops, my bad!" and you have almost no recourse.
They are always working under good intentions, even when their personnel are abusing power.
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Yep. there should be more accountability on the part of police. Too much umbrella from the force, not enough attention on the bad call of the one cop. I'm sure the department will have an investigation, and at most the cop will be put on temporary leave.
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Oxycodone and Norco are essentially the same thing,
No they're not. Vicodin is 5 mg Hydrocodone with 500 mg Acetaminophen. Norco is 10 mg Hydrocodone with 325 mg Acetaminophen. Oxycodone is a different compound altogether.

Norco is used for (obviously) higher dosage requirements. You can't just double or triple up the Vicodin, because Acetaminophen is very toxic to the liver.

I studied all this ---- preparing for my knee surgery.
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That's one of the worst parts: the cops can arrest you for anything, screw with your day(s) and then just say, "oops, my bad!" and you have almost no recourse.
The gov't is the worst enemy one can have. It has unlimited resources compared to the individual, and even if they have no case at all, they will wear you down until you are bankrupt.

And then the "liberals" think more gov't is the solution to all problems... as long as "the right people" are voted into power.

And then the "conservatives" pretend they want less gov't, but agree with the war on drugs and shooting wars.
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Don't forget that police are trained to create arrest situations, rather than serve and protect the public.
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There was a court case recently, I wish I could remember where I read it, but a judge essentially said cops do not actually work for the goverment and are similar to a private contractor and can be held personally liable.

Then it got appealed or something been a few weeks since I read it and Im really hung over , if anyone wants to try and find it, i probably read it on the daily paul or on 6speedonline.

Last saturday I had a pretty big altercation with a DPS officer, he did not like it when I told him his job was to uphold the law not make it.
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Fuckkkin Water Falls Caused THis
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Norco (Hydrocodone/acetaminophen) comes in a few different flavors. At work I've ordered 5/325 and 7.5/325 and 10/325. I think they come in 500's also, but the doc's never order it.

Its also not nearly as effective as hydromorpone (Dilaudid), or even PO morphine. For those in real pain, Norco just takes the edge off. A healthy dose of Dilaudid makes em smile again.
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Dilaudid is retarted, doc told me its the strongest thing they can given intermuscle. It made me feel like i was hammered, I was slurring and ready to pass out in like 2 minutes.
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Then it did its job.
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Dilaudid is great stuff. When I had kidney stones, they gave me morphene, and it barely touched the pain. Dilaudid made it all go away.
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