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Police: Vermont man posed as doctor to get drugs

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WILLISTON Vt. -

It was a scheme to get pain pills. Police say a South Burlington man was able to pose as a doctor calling in phony prescriptions to pharmacies. For nearly a year, the 29-year-old was duping pharmacists across the state into filling fake Suboxone prescriptions. Was it a flaw in the system? Or a lack of attention? We spoke with a pharmacist who says perhaps both.

"Yeah, I do think for a whole year that is surprising that he never had any weakness that anybody picked up on,” said pharmacist Lynne Vezina.

Vezina is a pharmacist at Vermont Family Pharmacy in Burlington. She says the state's prescription monitoring system is designed to catch problem patients.

"We are really looking to make sure they are going to just one doctor, not going to multiple doctors, looking to make sure that their narcotic use is not overuse, and looking to see how many pharmacies they go to,” Vezina said.

But for nearly a year, Vermont State Police say Kyle Daley went undetected, as he called in his own Suboxone prescriptions.

"Suboxone is used for addiction and it is considered a controlled substance. So it does go under controlled substances rules. We would typically, for a new patient, go ahead and look on the Vermont prescription system just to see and make sure everything looks OK there,” said Vezina.

Officials say the South Burlington man, would call the CVS pharmacy in Williston claiming he was a doctor for a pain clinic in Massachusetts – requesting small quantities of Suboxone strips and paying cash at pickup.

Police say the scheme netted him 35 prescriptions in Vermont and three at a CVS Pharmacy in New Hampshire since June 2013.

Last month, police say a pharmacist in Williston caught on and reported the suspicious prescriptions. Vezina is surprised the scam went on for so long.

"Anytime someone can get away with getting a drug illegally there are definitely concerns about that. I just think we have to be more vigilant and really go to that Vermont prescription monitoring,” Vezina said.

But was it a flaw in the system -- or the pharmacy?

"It's probably a flaw in both. I think the pharmacists themselves, I don't know if there was something that would have put up a red flag -- the way the laws are now though, you should be going to the Vermont prescription monitoring system and looking at it,” said Vezina.

At this point it is not clear if Daley was taking the Suboxone himself or selling it. He's due in court for prescription fraud in June. We reached out to CVS for comment. Corporate did not return our calls.

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