January 23rd , 2014 10:00 am Leave a comment

City couple charged with altering dozens of prescriptions


An Elizabethton husband and wife were arrested after police said they altered their prescriptions to receive more medication a combined 46 times in the past three years.

Debra Sue Bradford

Debra Sue Bradford

Steven Daniel Bradford

Steven Daniel Bradford

On Tuesday, Steven Daniel, 55, and Debra Sue Bradford, 50, both of 921 Pine Ridge Circle Apartment D, were arrested by Elizabethton Police Department officers on charges of obtaining narcotics by fraud.

For Debra Bradford, this will be the second time in less than five months that charges of falsely obtaining drugs will be leveled against her. On Sept. 7, she was arrested by EPD Patrol Officer Justin Pearce on one count of obtaining narcotics by fraud after her doctor, Dr. Joseph May, said he noticed she was receiving more of her prescription – oxycodone hydrochloride – than he was prescribing.

In the affidavit of complaint, Pearce said that May told him he had been prescribing Debra Bradford 5 milligrams of oxycodone for almost one year. Upon review of his patient prescription history report, May told Pearce he noticed Bradford was receiving 15 milligrams from her pharmacy, the Elizabethton Walgreen’s Pharmacy at 214 Broad St., instead.


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