Criminals Target Prescription Drugs Like Never Before

Cocaine and marijuana are becoming drugs of the past, being replaced with prescription drugs like Percocet, Oxycodone and Methodone say lawmen.

Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown says the main reason many crimes are being committed is to gain access to such drugs.

Captain John Lewis says they're seeing a decrease in the availability of marijuana and cocaine, and that in part, is pushing people to prescription drugs.

Lewis says some people Dr. shop, going to the same Dr. with the same complaints to get a prescription. He also says culprits are breaking into homes to steal pills, often targeting the elderly or even stealing the pills from pharmacy parking lots.


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  • by RECOVERING ADDICT Location: NC on Nov 19, 2008 at 08:04 PM
    Its called over prescription of a drug due to trauma that gets you hooked in the first place - I complain of back pain, Dr writes for opiates - God forbid this story messing up your perfect life TO : JOSH WHO HAS NO CLUE AND NEVER WILL
  • by Josh Location: Greenville on Nov 19, 2008 at 07:09 PM
    They should not have allowed themselves to get addicted in the first place, its called will power, courage, having faith. unfortunately, our society is lacking these traits is falling apart at the seams.
  • by Substance abuse counselor Location: Greenville on Nov 19, 2008 at 05:25 PM
    Are criminals targeting prescription drugs or are they committing crimes because of their addictions? Most of the individuals that are involved with the criminal justice system have committed crimes to keep up their addictions. Unfortunately, most of these individuals are not receiving treatment, they are just doing time for their crime, returning to our streets and continuing the same behavior. Until the incarcerated individuals participate in treatment they will continue to commit crimes and return to prison.
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