Lawsuit filed against ex-officer accused of stealing prescription drugs

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 4 2012 1:30 p.m. MST

A jail report indicates he took prescription medication from a home on Aug. 1 and Aug. 11. "Post-Miranda, (Murray) admitted taking the prescription medication. The dwelling was occupied at the time of both thefts,” the report states.

The state Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, which operates and maintains the database, declined to comment on the allegations made by Smithey and Holmes. The agency did, however, release a statement in April.

"It is the Utah Legislature that allows law enforcement to access the Controlled Substance Database," the statement said. "If legislators want to amend the statute to limit access to medical practitioners, then that would be their call to make."

The division also noted that the "terms of use" for the database makes it clear that "any attempt to obtain information from the database by fraud, deceit or subterfuge" or "unauthorized use of this information" is a third-degree felony.


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