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Forging or Fraudulently Altering or Uttering a Prescription for a Prohibited Drug

Forging or fraudulently altering or uttering a prescription for a prohibited drug is an offence under section 15 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985, which carries a maximum penalty of 2 years in prison.

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:

  1. You forged, fraudulently altered or fraudulently uttered a prescription
  2. You knew the prescription was so forged or fraudulent
  3. The prescription was of a medical practitioner, nurse, midwife or vet, and
  4. The prescription included a prohibited drug.

Duress and necessity are defences to the charge.

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