Henrico Police arrest 4 in prescription fraud bust - FOX Carolina 21

Henrico Police arrest 4 in prescription fraud bust

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

Henrico Police have arrested four people for prescription fraud. The bust happened off E. Laburnum Avenue and Harris Avenue.

Rashon Lamar Lofton was charged with distribution of marijuana and prescription fraud. Meoshi Tawanna Crittenton was charged with prescription fraud. Kiouchi Shamel Bland was charged with prescription fraud.

Donesha Shante Bland was charged with prescription fraud.

Prescription drug abuse is a much bigger problem than most of us realize.

"This disease is a monster and a killer," said Margaret Yates with the Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance.

You would not believe what some people are doing to snag prescription drugs.

"Anything from throwing themselves down the stairs," said Yates. "To burning themselves with irons."

Yates says the non-profit helps about 500 people each year. She says about half of those people are addicted to prescription drugs.

"I see miracles every single day in here," said Yates who notes she is recovering addict herself. "If we're really honest, prescription drug abuse is the dirty secret in this country."

That's why SAARA offers free assistance to addicts. She hopes her story can help other people struggling with addiction.

"If I can do it," said Yates. "Anybody can do it. All it takes is the willingness."

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