Man arrested trying to obtain painkillers

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A 19-year-old man was arrested twice in two days on suspicion of trying to illegally obtain painkiller medication.

Joseph Wexler Brooks, 19, of Steamboat Springs, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after pharmacists at City Market reported he forged a doctor's signature to get painkillers, Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said.

Brooks bonded out of the Routt County Jail later that afternoon.

Brooks was arrested again Thursday morning at Yampa Valley Medical Center after medical workers there called police, suspicious of Brooks' claim that he was in an unreported traffic accident and needed pain medication, Rae said.

In the first arrest, Brooks allegedly went into the City Market pharmacy at about noon Wednesday with a prescription for the drug Dilaudid, which contains the narcotic hydromorphone and is considered a Schedule 2 drug. The pharmacist had questions about the prescription and called the doctor, discovering that way that the prescription was forged.

Brooks left the store before the pharmacist was off the phone and later was arrested at his house, Rae said. The police later discovered that Brooks was able to purchase the drug with a forged prescription at the Safeway pharmacy that same day, Rae said.

Brooks was arrested on suspicion of obtaining a Schedule 2 substance and attempting to obtain a Schedule 2 substance.

On Thursday morning, after bonding out of jail on the first charge, Brooks was reported at the emergency room. Brooks told medical workers there that he had been in an unreported accident and was injured, but they could see no visible injuries. Rae said he suspected Brooks was trying to obtain narcotics through the hospital.

The hospital contacted police to verify Brooks' story. Police investigated the incident and arrested Brooks on suspicion of false reporting to authorities.

Brooks bonded out of jail Thursday afternoon.

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