Woman Tries To Avoid Jail By Claiming She Took ‘Medical Meth,’ Police Say

By Kelly Burch 03/09/18

The woman reportedly presented a prescription bottle with a forged label that read “methamphetamine 5 mg tablets” to her probation officer.

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A New Mexico woman reportedly tried to outsmart her probation officer after failing a drug test, by claiming that she had been prescribed “medical methamphetamine,” and even presenting a pill bottle with the alleged dose. 

But her probation officer was not fooled and Ginger Sharpe, 34, now faces charges of forgery and identity theft, according to the Albuquerque Journal

Sharpe failed a drug test last month, but when the officer asked her about her methamphetamine use, she allegedly claimed that it was all aboveboard because a doctor had prescribed her the drugs. To prove her point, she presented the officer with a prescription bottle with a label that read “methamphetamine 5 mg tablets.” A doctor’s name was on the label as well. 

However, the officer noticed that the prescription label was printed on matte paper rather than the glossy paper normally found on prescription bottles. In addition, the words were fuzzy. When the officer called the doctor whose name was listed on the bottle he laughed and confirmed that he had not, in fact, prescribed a patient an illegal drug. 

“I have never prescribed methamphetamine,” the doctor said, according to the police complaint. 

Sharpe then changed her story, saying that a “friend is the one who made the prescription for her” and “her friend was convinced she would ‘get away’ with it,” according to the complaint.

“At that time I determined that Sharpe had an unknown subject (possibly herself) create a prescription pill bottle for ‘methamphetamine,'” the officer wrote. “Sharpe obtained this forged document in hopes that her illegal usage would not be investigated believing it was prescribed medication.”

Since Sharpe used an actual doctor’s name on the bottle she is charged with identity theft. Authorities said that the forgery could have put the doctor’s practice and reputation at risk. 

Methamphetamine does have some legitimate medical uses when it is properly prescribed. Meth is a Schedule II drug, meaning that it can only be used when it is ordered through a nonrefillable prescription, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Methamphetamine can be used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or aid weight loss in the short term.

However, these uses are rare and tightly controlled. In addition, when methamphetamine is prescribed for these purposes, it is used at much lower doses. 

Legitimate medical methamphetamine is sold under the brand name Desoxyn and taken orally. It comes with a warning label due to its high likelihood of abuse and other dangerous side effects. 

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