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Prescription Drug Busts

Prescription Drug Busts
By: CJ Cassidy

Police say a drug round-up in one Southeast Missouri town indicates good and bad news.

The good news, methamphetamine sales in Park Hills appear to be at an all time low since the drug gained its popularity there in the late nineties.

The bad news, illegal prescription drug sales appear to be on the rise.

Police arrested 20 people in a recent raid, and they say a majority were selling doctor prescribed drugs.

"We had Valium, Percocet, Xanax, Morphine, and a variety of other pain medications," Officer Richard McFarland with the Park Hills Police Department says.

Now investigators want to know where those drugs came from.

"I assume they're getting prescriptions from a doctor. I don't know if they're lying to doctors to get prescriptions," Officer McFarland says.

Park Hills police arrested 20 suspects in a recent drug roundup. Investigators say most of them sold prescription drugs.

Police say these two suspects were also wanted by federal investigators. They allegedly recruited a pharmacy technician who stole more than 200,000 pills over a three year period.

Investigators also say their biggest concern; who could end up with these pills in their hands.

"They sell it to whoever would walk in the door and ask for it," McFarland says.

One suspect I spoke with denied she ever sold prescription drugs, but neighbors have a different take on the situation.

"I don't like the idea my son could get a hold of something like that he's 12 years old," Snowell Stanford says.

Investigators say tougher laws on ephedrine and pseudo-ephedrine sales may be the reason behind the dramatic drop in meth busts, and explain the shift to prescription drugs.

Now they trust pharmacists and their staff, to keep an eye on just who's buying those prescription medications.

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