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Sparta man charged with altering prescriptions

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sparta man was charged last month after he allegedly altered the strength of his prescriptions, according to Sparta Township Police Lieutenant John Lamon.

Christopher Panten, 24, was charged with forgery and obtaining a prescription by forgery, Lamon said.

Sparta Detectives investigated complaints made by a Sparta pharmacist about prescriptions that appeared to be altered by the same individual on two separate occasions, Lamon said.

The dosage had been changed to double the strength of the prescription being administered, Lamon said.

On July 16, detectives spoke with Panten about the altered prescriptions. He allegedly stated that he had altered the strength of the prescriptions that he had been prescribed, Lamon said.

Panten was charged and released pending a mandatory court appearance.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook