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Some addicts are so desperate for drugs that they’re now taking medication prescribed to pets

In a new twist in the ongoing opioid epidemic in our country drug seekers are now turning to using their pets as a method of obtaining drugs from Veterinarians. A 23 year old Kentucky woman woman was arrested for repeatedly injuring her dog and taking it to the Vet to receive Tramedol. The Vet became suspicious on her third visit in a short period of time and called police.

Key Takeaways:

  • The first was on a Friday in October 2014, when Pereira took the injured 4-year-old dog to the Elizabethtown Animal Hospital, not far from Louisville. After the veterinarian sewed up a cut, Pereira requested Tramadol, a drug used to treat pain in both animals and humans.
  • She said the pup had been prescribed the medication in the past and had responded well to it, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
  • But it was this third time, on Dec. 4, 2014, that the veterinarian became suspicions.

“The first was on a Friday in October 2014, when Pereira took the injured 4-year-old dog to the Elizabethtown Animal Hospital, not far from Louisville.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/01/23/some-addicts-are-so-desperate-for-drugs-that-theyre-now-taking-medication-prescribed-to-pets/