Prescription Abuse in Buffalo, New York

WKBW.com is reporting that New York Senator Charles Schumer has just recently given the news to the public that his plan to crack down on prescription drug theft, the SAFE DOSES Act, has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously.  One would observe that this is a critical hurdle to stop the spike in drug abuse in New York State.  Reports are showing from the Upstate New York Poison Control Center that there have been over 12,800 cases of prescription drug abuse total in New York and this abuse has fueled dozens of pharmacy robberies across the states which lead to some deaths.  The SAFE DOSES Act purpose is to combat theft at every point of the supply chain.  It starts at the drug warehouse to the delivery truck to the pharmacy.  Penalties are being increased and medical product theft is being put under Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law; this gives law enforcement access to tools to combat drug rings.

Schumer is stating, “This is huge step towards curbing the prescription drug epidemic that is sweeping across New York and the entire country.  The SAFE DOSES Act will help ensure that prescription drugs like Oxycontin and hydrocodone make it from the factory to the patient and nowhere else.  Pharmacy robberies have put our communities in danger and have turned deadly in the last year – we need to give law enforcement the tools to fight back.”

Prescription drug abuse is in every part of New York State.  The Upstate Poison Control Center reports the following prescription drug abuse cases during 2011:

Capital Region had 1,452 cases reported

Central New York had 3,103 cases reported

Rochester Finger Lakes Region had 2,063 cases reported

Hudson Valley had 1,428 cases reported

Western New York had 2,324 cases reported

Southern Tier had 1,431 cases reported

Northern Country had 1,070 cases reported

This new plan will direct increases in sentences for robbing pharmacies of controlled substances and commit a new crime for the theft of medical products.  There is a heavy demand for prescription drugs and it is often fed by pharmaceutical theft. According to the DEA In 2009 $184 million worth of prescription drug were stolen in the US that is a 350% increase from 2007.  There were a total of 129 pharmaceutical cargo thefts between 2009 and 2011.  Armed robberies at pharmacies rose 81 percent between 2006 and 2010.  During the same period the number of pills stolen went from 706,000 to 1.3 million.  This crime wave has overwhelmed law enforcement.  This bill that has passed will help with that.

Broad prescription abuse eventually leads to an increase in heroin addiction.

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