By Karen Zautyk
A 19-year-old spelling-challenged Newark resident was arrested here June 22 after he allegedly tried to fill a forged prescription for “Roxicontin” at the Pathmark pharmacy, police reported.
At 4:30 p.m. on that date, Officers John Fabula and Jose Resua responded to a call from the store’s pharmacist who suspected he had been presented with a fraudulent script, Police Chief John Dowie said.
In addition to the misspelled name of the painkiller oxycontin, the fact that it was written as an Rx from a Pennsylvania doctor raised warning flags.
The pharmacist told the man who had presented it that he would have to come back later, which he eventually did.
But, meanwhile, the officers arrived, got a description of the suspect and contacted the Pennsylvania physician, who confirmed he had not written the prescription, Dowie said.