Chef with sore knee got hooked on tablets
A chef who became addicted to painkillers following a problem with his knee had resorted to forging prescriptions and presenting them to a pharmacy, a court has heard.
David Carroll (36) had been off the tablets for the past seven months, his solicitor said.
He was charged with five counts of forgery of a prescription.
He admitted the offences which took place at Pure Pharmacy, Southgate, in Drogheda, on August 1, 2016.
The defendant, of Seabury Lawns in Mornington, Co Meath, worked as a chef and his knee problem had flared up again before the offence, Drogheda District Court heard.
However, defence solicitor Patrick Goodwin said the defendant was now due to have an operation to deal with his knee problem.
Judge John Coughlan said he was impressed that the defendant was working and was remaining off the tablets.
"You deserve a break if you are off them," said Judge Coughlan.
The judge ordered a probation report and adjourned the case to a date in November when it is expected the matter will be finalised.