LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested a 61-year-old man for prescription drug fraud Monday after he allegedly got prescriptions for the same drugs from doctors at the VA Clinic and clinics all over town. He then allegedly filled the prescriptions at numerous pharmacies in the Lufkin area.
Garry Wood, 61, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree felony charge of fraudulent possession of a controlled substance/prescription. His bail has been set at $3,500.
According to the arrest affidavit, Wood fraudulently obtained Hydrocodone, Oxycodine, and Diazepam from the Lufkin VA Clinic, Dr. Wilburn Furniss, and Dr. James Young in the period from September 2012 to September 2013 and picked up the prescriptions at several pharmacies in the Lufkin area.
The case was investigated by a sergeant with the Department of Veteran Affairs. According to the affidavit, the information was verified through a Texas Department of Public Safety Patient Prescription History Report.
Kim Simmons, an intervention coordinator at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council says abusing prescription drugs is dangerous.
"The problem that we see is for people they could be going to multiple doctors getting multiple prescriptions which could interact with each other which could ultimately be fatal or potentially really dangerous," said Simmons.
Simmons says in recent years it's not uncommon to see individuals who are abusing prescription drugs to go from one place to another to try and get their needs met.
"Well certainly for our veterans they are dealing with many issues they're faced with coming back from serving the country and doing many things," said Simmons. "But I think for anyone who is on prescription medication it's very important that it be followed by the doctors what they're telling you to use."
But there is help for veterans and others who might be battling an addiction.
"ADAC is an option for help for our veterans the VA Clinic offers many great services that can help them to get back on the right track."