KEITH WHITCOMB JR.
BENNINGTON -- A Pownal man is accused of taking a woman’s pain medication after police responded to a possible overdose situation.
Richard W. Muir III, 36, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to a felony count of prescription fraud, and a misdemeanor charge of petit larceny. He was released on conditions he not contact the woman he is accused of stealing from and must not possess regulated drugs without a prescription.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Amanda Thompson, on April 22 she went to a home on Beech Street in Bennington where it was a reported that a man, Muir, may have overdoses on Fentanyl, a narcotic pain killer administered via patches. Thompson wrote that she found Muir on a bed with Fentanyl patches around him. He told police he had used one and had a prescription for them. Thompson wrote that Muir was acting strange but said he did not need to go to the hospital. She eventually convinced him to go and he was taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center by the Bennington Rescue Squad.
Shortly after this incident a woman came to police saying Muir had stolen nine of her Fentanyl patches. She said he is a friend of hers and had been the only one in her house before they went missing.
Thompson wrote that she determined the patches Muir was found with had been prescribed to the woman. Muir denied stealing them, but also said his memory is faulty.
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