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Prosecutors: Man used stolen prescriptions to deal oxycodone

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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A man is accused of conspiring with a doctor's office manager to steal prescription pads to obtain and deal oxycodone in Hawaii.

According to court documents, a doctor's office manager supplied Thomas Vasconcellos with authentic, blank prescriptions.

Vasconcellos and others allegedly used the prescriptions to obtain oxycodone and other controlled drugs.

Prosecutors say the conspiracy involved about 15,000 pills.

A federal judge ruled Monday that Vasconcellos can be released to a drug treatment program if he posts $50,000 bond.

Defense attorney Megan Kau says Vasconcellos is addicted to oxycodone, stemming from arthritis pain.

The case comes as Hawaii ranks last in a report of states using electronically filed prescriptions to combat opioid abuse.

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