I'm pretty sure your State has a prescription monitoring program. If so, then every controlled drug is entered into the state database when it's filled. The purpose of the program is so that Docs and pharmacists who are suspicious of someone can pull their Rx history and the results speak for themselves. State monitoring programs have put a serious dent into Dr shopping.
If that Rx is filled, it will show up on in the database and you can press charges. Actually, the state would probably press charges as the person who filled it would be obtaining an controlled substance under false pretenses and without a prescription.
Given the above, I would go ahead and call your Doc and let him know what happened. In fact, it's very feasible that your Doc may find out anyway:
- If I'm not mistaken, your state requires a photo ID when controlled meds are filled. Thus, it's likely to not get filled successfully. If it's attempted to be filled and the person comes up with an excuse of not having an ID, then the pharmacy will alert the Doc's office.
- It's also possible that if someone finds it, they may do the right thing and contact the Doc's office and return the Rx.
I would be very honest and tell him what happened and be apologetic about it. I would also report the incident to the police dept and see what, if anything they can do. They may be able to put some type of alert out in the system.
However, I would report it before
calling your Doc....That way when you call your Doc, you can tell him that you've already filled a report and that they will be monitoring the system to ensure it's not filled. This would add credibility to your situation, I think. IMHO, it sends the message right up front that you aren't trying to fill two scripts and that you've been proactive about solving the situation. If your Doc has any suspicion whatsoever, all he has to do is check the database at any given time.
Worst case scenario is that your Doc won't replace it and then you are no worse off than you are now.
Best of luck with this. I feel like it will work out for you.