Cuyahoga County

Investigator: Scrip rings are fastest growing drug crime


They are called "scrip rings," and police call them one of the fastest-growing types of crime around.

Two big local cases show just how cunning scrip ring leaders can be.

Angela Hicks used to be a pediatric medical assistant at University Hospitals. But she wasn't interested in helping sick kids.

What she wanted were the blank prescription pads that abound in a hospital setting and in doctor's offices.

"There's a real market, a black market, for stolen prescription pads," says Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. "You can imagine if someone got hold of a whole pad of a doctor's, what they could do with that. It's like you're sitting there with something that's worth thousands of dollars."

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