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3 charged with trying to buy prescription cough syrup with false information

April 23, 2019, Troy, GA — Three Georgia residents have been arrested in Troy for reportedly trying to buy cough syrup with forged prescriptions.

According to the Troy Police Department, 24-year-old Jameel Marquis Davis of Atlanta, 23-year-old Malik Bobby Rowe of Decatur, and 19-year-old Megan Korea Davis of Jonesboro were taken into custody after a failed attempt to buy promethazine-codeine cough syrup at Walmart Pharmacy. Police say they had tried to buy the controlled medication at three other pharmacies before Walmart and were successful at one of them.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, promethazine-codeine cough syrup contains codeine, an opioid that acts as a cough suppressant and can also produce relaxation and euphoria when taken at a higher-than-prescribed dose. It also contains promethazine HCl, an antihistamine that acts as a sedative. It is only available by prescription.

All three suspects are charged with possession of drug by fraud or false information. Jameel Davis and Rowe are also charged with attempt to obtain a controlled substance by deception, and Rowe is charged with possession or receipt of a controlled substance.

All three were taken to the Pike County Jail; they are being held under $19,500 bonds.

Source: WSFA

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