Crime Connected to Prescription Drugs Causes Police to Take Action
Posted By Schick Shadel || Aug 12, 2015
Law enforcement have seen a rise in drug addiction and crime. People hooked on painkillers are resorting to criminal acts in order to acquire the drugs. Medicine that is originally intended for pain relief is being abused. The police department claims that addicts are targeting the sick and elderly to obtain the pills.
The rise in prescription pill related crimes have caused police to ask citizens to return any excess of pills they may have. The Drug Enforcement Administration planned the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, to encourage individuals to rid their homes of unused prescriptions, which feed into the prescription drug epidemic. Individuals are asked to return extra prescriptions such as Xanax, Percocet, and Vicodin.
Recent investigations have found that prescription abuse can be very dangerous. Not only is it bad for individuals who are addicted, it can also lead them to do risky actions in order to obtain more pills. Officials have found that in 17 states, prescription abuse is deadlier than auto accidents. Some actions addicts take to acquire pain killers include:
- Home Invasions
- Assault and Homicide
Officers have also found cases where thieves single out “Open Houses” that may have drugs. Usually working in pairs, according to the police, one person would distract the realtor, while the other person sneaks into the medicine cabinet to steal any prescriptions that may be there.
The Drug Enforcement Administration hopes to bring awareness to the prescription abuse epidemic. Despite the skeptics claiming that without tangible rewards, not many will return medications, officials are hopeful. Parents like Bernard Strain, whose son died of prescription overdose, believes that if this program saves even one life, it will be worth it.
Prescription abuse and addiction are serious matters. At Schick Shadel we want you and your loved ones to be healthy and happy. That is why if you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, we invite you to get in touch with us as soon as possible.