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Forged prescriptions

Information about faking doctor prescriptions.

It is an offence to forge or fraudulently alter a prescription for a drug of dependence, or to try to fill a prescription knowing it to be forged or fraudulently altered.

It is also an offence to make a false representation in order to obtain:

  • a drug from an authorised person,
  • a medical prescription for a drug,
  • an injection of a drug by a doctor, or
  • the filling of a prescription.


The maximum penalty is 20 penalty units and/or 1 year’s jail.

More information


Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic)

  • s. 77—forging prescriptions and orders for drugs of dependence
  • s. 78—obtaining drugs of dependence etc by false representation

See Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic)(opens in a new window).