Prescription Drug Busts

Prescription Drug Busts
By: CJ Cassidy

P
olice say a drug round-up in one
S
outheast
M
issouri town indicates good and bad news
.

T
he good news
,
methamphetamine sales in
P
ark
H
ills appear to be at an all time low since the drug gained its popularity there in the late nineties.

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

P

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

"W

e had
V
alium,
P
ercocet,
X
anax,
M
orphine,
and
a variety of
other
pain medications
," Officer Richard McFarland with the Park Hills Police Department says.

N
ow investigators want to know where th
ose
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.

P
ark
H
ills police arrested
20
suspects in a recent drug roundup.
Investigators s
ay most of them sold prescription drugs.

P
olice say these two suspects were also wanted by federal investigators.
T
hey 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.

"T

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

O
ne suspect
I
spoke with denied she ever sold prescription drugs
, but n
eighbors have a different take on the situation.

"I

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

I
nvestigators 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.

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