JONESVILLE — The Jonesville Police Department recently implemented an interview program to combat bogus calls from those reporting prescription medications have been stolen.
Police Chief Roger Reece said since there has been an epidemic in the abuse of medication, any time people report theft, it is important to be sincere.
The police chief said an increase in the type of calls, where people are abusing the system, led the department to do specific work to fight it.
The interview has helped to make a difference in the widespread abuse and is designed to pinpoint abusers or victims.
“We are trying to attack it the best we can,” Reece said. If a false report is determined, the offender will be charged, he added.
He said he has seen a lot of people get driving while impaired (DWI) charges from taking too many pills and has witnessed too many overdoses.
He did remind that true victims of stolen medications should always report the crime.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.