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Drug treatment for Vt. man who filled fake prescriptions

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Kyle Daley never thought a foot injury would lead him down this path. The South Burlington man faces prescription fraud. Prosecutors say after getting hurt in Massachusetts in 2012, Daley got a prescription to ease the pain. But he got hooked. When the prescription ran out, he turned to the streets for drugs.

Daley ended up moving to Vermont and tried to get help for his addiction, but finding treatment was a challenge.

"If you move to another state or something like that it becomes very difficult, even trying to play by the rules, to enter these programs. That's where the difficulty lies in this type of situation," Daley said.

But Daley got sick and needed a fix. So, he allegedly developed a scam. Court papers show he called a CVS pharmacy in Williston and another in New Hampshire, pretending to be a doctor from Massachusetts. His lawyer says he ordered Suboxone-- a replacement therapy for opiate addicts-- using DEA and pharmaceutical numbers he got from his physician in Massachusetts.

"Once treatment was no longer an option here in Vermont, he had to maintain treatment somehow and how he did that was maintenance level doses of Suboxone," said Brooks McArthur, Daley's lawyer.

By the time he got caught, court papers show Daley filled 35 fraudulent prescriptions.

"He never obtained any Suboxone to sell, he never obtained any Suboxone to dispense. This was a small amount of Suboxone, more than a number of times, but to treat," McArthur said.

The scam went on from July 2012 until March of this year when he got caught pretending to be a doctor again. But given his history, Daley's getting a second change. The UVM grad student had never broken the law before and his addiction stemmed from injury. He's now in the Rapid Intervention Community Court. Coordinators say it's seen a 40-percent increase in the past two years of people dealing with substance abuse.

"We understand there are some ramifications; you have to make reparations for the criminal charge. But our main concern is getting you healthy. If you're healthy, harm to society is reduced; everybody wins," said Emmet Helrich, the Rapid Intervention Community Court coordinator.

Once evaluated by a treatment provider, the program will be tailored around Daley's needs. If he admits guilt and starts treatment within 90 days, the charges disappear. If he fails, they go back on the docket.

"I know it works for me and I know it works for a lot of other people, so I'm confident that continuing that-- it's a very helpful program and it's shown to be very effective," Daley said.

As part of the program, Daley will also visit school to talk about addiction and how it can affect anyone.

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