Gulfport pharmacist Larry Krohn says he runs a legitimate business. But he knows there are some who break the law to make an extra buck.
"As a professional, yeah, I resent that there are a few bad ones who are abusing the law a little bit, but every profession's got those," Krohn says.
Another pharmacist says greed is the motive behind fake prescriptions.
"It's hard to make a living in health care, period, whether you're a doctor, pharmacist, or anybody. So the temptation to make a dollar, sometimes, is a little more than taking care of that patient in some healthcare givers' minds," Woody Gamble says.
As police uncover more and more drug abuse, pharmacists look even closer at every prescription they fill.
"Doctors that we know, well, you kind of get used to their handwriting. You're looking for red flags to catch your eye that maybe something is not right. Is it a photo copy? Is it a phony signature? If it's called in, is it some nurse that you don't recognize the voice from the doctor's office," Krohn says.
Gamble says bogus prescriptions are more often found at chain stores, rather than locally owned stores where the workers know the patient.
"We have first, second and third generations of families that come, and have been coming, to our business for years. We know these people, so we know what they take and know what their situation is."
Knowing that information, the pharmacists say, helps them keep the growing number of bad prescriptions under control.