Doctor faked prescription to feed drug habit

Last updated 14:33 23/08/2014

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A doctor with a codeine addiction wrote 54 prescriptions under false family names and addresses to access to her drug of choice, a disciplinary tribunal has heard.

The doctor, who was granted permanent name suppression, was fined $6600 and censured by the New Zealand Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

She began using Nurofen Plus to relieve toothache and continued using it to help her sleep, becoming dependent on codeine and writing false prescriptions for it and various other drugs.

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