Carthage woman says Oxycodone prescription arrest was ‘a mix-up’

Leeona Catherine Klippstein in a photo from Moore County Sheriff.

CARTHAGE, NC (WNCN) — Authorities in Moore County say that a woman from Carthage changed her prescription for Oxycodone to double the amount a doctor had prescribed.

Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey said Tuesday that Leeona Catherine Klippstein, age 54, of Rockingham Street in Carthage, was charged with attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud/forgery.

Sheriff Godfrey reported that “during this investigation deputies found that on July 30, Klippstein altered the prescribed quantity on a prescription from 60 dosage units of Oxycodone to 120 dosage units of Oxycodone,” he said in a press release.

Klippstein then tried to fill the fraudulently altered prescription at a Moore County area pharmacy, Godfrey said.

Klippstein, who has worked for several high-profile environmental causes in the past, told WNCN that she has hired a lawyer and expects the case against her will be dropped.

“I think there was a mix-up on something,” said Klippstein, who says she is a disabled Army veteran with rheumatoid arthritis.

Oxycodone is a schedule II controlled substance and Klippstein said she typically takes 4 pills a day, which would work out to 120 a month.  Klippstein has worked for the Sage Council environmental group and Habitat Trust for Wildlife in the past.

Klippstein was charged with attempting to obtain a schedule II controlled substance by fraud /forgery.

Klippstein was arrested and taken to the Moore County Detention Center where she received a $5,000 unsecured bond, Godfrey said.

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