Houses OKs bill making prescription fraud a felony

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives has given preliminary approval to a bill that would make forgery of a drug prescription a felony.

House Speaker Colin Simpson is sponsoring the bill. The Cody Republican says he's heard from police that 10 people died from abuse of prescription drugs in three months last year.

Simpson says passing it would allow law enforcement agencies to charge people who forge prescriptions at an appropriate level.

Rep. Timothy Hallinan, a Republican from Gillette who's also a medical doctor, says most of the people forging prescriptions are addicts. He questioned whether sending them to prison is better than offering a treatment program.