A 46-year-old woman who obtained a prescription after giving false information to a doctor has pleaded guilty to the offence at Tralee District Court.
Susan Byrne with an address at Ballyhea, Dingle, also admits handing in a photocopy of the prescription at two separate chemists.
Susan Byrne pleaded guilty to giving false information to a doctor with the purpose of gaining a prescription for diazepam, a drug used to treat anxiety, on July 23rd last. Four days later she presented a photocopy of the prescription at O’Neill’s Pharmacy and at Boots Chemist in Abbey Court, Tralee.
Tralee District Court heard gardai were notified after one of the pharmacists became suspicious and contacted them. Her solicitor Pat Mann told the court there was ‘a certain innocence’ about her actions. He said Ms Byrne was a diagnosed insomniac, who suffered from back illness and had had a sad life growing up in Dublin. He said she felt very low, following the death of her father in June and didn’t want to go to her own doctor to get a prescription for Xanex. He added she was now seeing an addiction counsellor and was doing well. Judge James O’Connor adjourned the matter to the October 7th sitting of the court.