FARMINGTON -- A 36-year-old woman said she realized how bad her addiction to prescription drugs was only after she was arrested.
"I know I'm an addict," said Shaundra Avalos of Clearfield in 2nd District on Wednesday.
She told Judge David Hamilton before he sentenced her to serve a year in the Davis County Jail, "I didn't realize how addicted I was to the medication. I didn't realize how in-depth the addiction was."
Avalos said her addiction has "damaged my family."
She said time in jail has given her time to "do a lot of soul searching" ad "I'm ready to start treatment."
Hamilton, who has been in the Davis County Jail since Aug. 21, wiped away tears as her attorney, Michael Edwards, told the judge Avalos needs "intensive treatment." She had been serving a sentence on two other cases filed earlier this year. Investigators filed 15 more charges against her in October.
She said in court she had been using Lortab. She was not selling the medication to anyone else.
She had entered guilty pleas to six counts of making or uttering a false prescription, third-degree felonies. The remaining charges were dismissed.
Hamilton suspended six terms of up to five years in the Utah State Prison for the jail sentence and three years probation.
He said did give Avalos credit for the 45 days she has served and that she can be released from the jail to enter a substance abuse program.
Avalos had been arrested by the Davis Metro Narcotics Strike Force in April. The Davis County Attorney's Office filed on April 30 12 counts of falsely obtaining prescriptions, third-degree felonies.
Weber County Attorney's Office had filed four third-degree felony charges against Avalos earlier in April.
According to the court website, in June Avalos entered guilty pleas to two of the charges in Weber County and she entered guilty pleas to six of the charges in Davis County. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the remaining charges.
But on Oct. 25, the Davis County Attorney's Office filed 15 counts of making or uttering a false prescription, third-degree felonies against Avalos. According to the probable cause statement, Davis Metro Narcotics Strike Force learned that from June 17 to Aug. 20, Avalos "called in 15 different prescriptions to pharmacies for controlled substances under her name or other names without consent or valid prescriptions from the medical providers."
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