Portage arrests two for prescription fraud

2013-12-02T18:00:00Z 2013-12-03T07:57:10Z Portage arrests two for prescription fraudJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | Police believe two men tried to get prescription-strength cough medicine to create a drink known as "syzurp," the street name for a beverage made from the medicine mixed with a soft drink.

Christopher Douglas, 20, of Chicago, and Darius Raine, 25, of Dolton, were charged with prescription fraud.

Police were called by a local pharmacist Sunday morning when the two men attempted to fill prescriptions for a cough syrup with codeine and amoxicillin.

The pharmacist told police that the prescriptions came from a clinic in Columbia, Mo. He told police similar prescriptions had been received at pharmacies in Michigan City and Valparaiso recently. The pharmacist also told police that the cough syrup is being used as a mix with other beverages such as Sprite and is known as "syzurp" or "szuryp." The amoxicillin prescription is used as a decoy because the two are often prescribed together.

Police stopped the men and a female passenger from Gary after they attempted to fill the prescriptions at a second local pharmacy Sunday morning.

The woman told police Raine was her boyfriend. The two had picked her up from her home and asked her where the closest open pharmacy would be. She directed them to Portage.

Police recovered prescriptions in four different names on Douglas when he was processed into the Porter County Jail.

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