Opiate crisis: Owners using pets to score prescription pain pills

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — It captured international headlines: A Kentucky woman sent off to prison for injuring her own dog, all to score pain pills to feed her drug addiction.

The opiates crisis has Central Ohio veterinarians on high alert, since many of the same medications – including fentanyl – are prescribed to both humans and animals. 

Local veterinarians told NBC 4 Investigator Tom Sussi they’re aware of pet owners trying to score opiates for themselves.

Shockingly, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board recently disciplined a Licking County veterinarian for taking tramadol and a muscle relaxer prescribed to his dog. He told the board he used the drugs “to self-medicate for back spasms.”

Veterinarians told Sussi, because of break-ins, they keep less controlled substances on site these days.

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