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Pharmacy Robbery For Opioids on The Rise

por Freya Varela (2020-03-05)


Days after President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, two men broke into a Weston Walgreens store and surprisingly, took away painkillers, and not cash. The robbers used a crowbar to break into the pharmacy and reportedly stole oxycodone and morphine worth about $4,000. The Broward County Sheriff's office is on the lookout for the miscreants. Gina Carter, public information officer from the Sheriff's office, said that the men who committed the crime, "Knew exactly what to do to break into the building and exactly where to go to find what they were looking for."

Walgreens had recently declared that it would stock opioid antidote Narcan at its over 8,000 stores in America. The move was "part of its comprehensive national plan to combat drug abuse." It is not the first time that the pharmacy chain stores have been raided explicitly for drugs. In March 2017, three stores in Milwaukee were robbed within a span of three days with the sole objective of acquiring opioids, specifically Percocet and Oxycodone.

The number of pharmacy robberies has increased all across America - 26 were reported this year, apart from the 23 night break-ins. Ever since the government came down heavily on those using illegal practices such as "pill mills" and "doctor shopping", users have resorted to diversionary practices, such as thieving from pharmacy stores.

Drug users find ways to procure opioids

Apart from armed heists of pharmacy stores, seasoned drug users resort to other practices to get their stash of drugs, be it stealing from home medicine cabinet, looking for leftovers from trash cans, or undercounting medications. Let us understand different ways of procuring drugs.

Stealing from medicine cabinet: It is common knowledge that the elderly are likely recipients of prescription drugs. Whether it is an antidepressant or an opioid painkiller, most senior citizens have legal prescriptions for their medications. Teens with a drug habit are aware and do not hesitate to rob the cabinets in order to get a high. They could raid their parents' medicine cabinet as well if they get the whiff that their object of desire is lying there.

Pilfering from end-of-life patients: There is a dramatic rise in the number of people who seek hospice treatment in the final days of their life. Unfortunately, instead of being a home for solace and comfort, hospice stays are increasingly becoming uncomfortable. Prescription painkillers and opioids regularly go missing as either staff or caregivers end up pilfering these drugs. According to Joe Rotella, chief medical officer of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, a professional association for hospice workers, "problems related to abuse of, diversion of or addiction to prescription medications are very common in the hospice population, as they are in other populations."

Duping drug distributors: Drugs can be pilfered from the distributors as well. Two major drug distributors, McKesson Corp and Cardinal Health, that failed to report suspicious orders of controlled substances, were formally required to pay millions of dollars as settlement charges for their negligence.

Stealing guest medication: Theft of guest medication is a common practice in hotels and hostels. While guests are vigilant about cash and jewelry, they are less likely to report missing medications. Whether it is housekeeping or hydrocodone 10/325mg other staff, anyone with the room keys could enter the guest room and steal medications carelessly left about.

Seeking detoxification is important

Abuse of any kind of addictive substances is associated with a host of negative consequences like physical and mental health issues, occupational troubles, relationship problems, financial breakdown and more. A good quality life demands quitting the addictive habit and adopting healthy lifestyle practices. It is important to remove the harmful chemicals from the body via medically supervised detox and prepare the body to receive other forms of treatment.

If you wish to help a person addicted to a harmful substance, the Florida Detox Helpline is a good resource to get information on the best detox center in Florida where recovery programs are customized according to the patient's needs. You can call at our 24/7 helpline 855-920-9869 to know more.



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