NEWTON, Mass. -- (WBZ) -- Investigators fighting the opioid crisis are looking from help from veterinarians.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan recently wrote a letter warning Massachusetts vets to be on the lookout for owners trying to take medication prescribed for their pets.
The move was sparked by a letter from a constituent.
“She had a family member struggling with addiction who had switched out the dog’s opioid medication,” Ryan told WBZ-TV.
In more obvious and horrific cases, Ryan says people may actually abuse their pets to get opioids.
In Kentucky there was a case where a woman was accused of cutting her golden retriever with a razor blade to get the dog’s narcotics.
“They are the same drugs that are FDA approved for humans,” Ryan said.