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Painkillers stolen at Pasadena pharmacy
Misuse, abuse and overdose of prescription medications are considered as a national epidemic in the United States, with California, one of the most populated states in the country, being significantly ravaged by the consequences of the ongoing crisis. From the affluent suburbs to the desert towns, doctors across the state are struggling to deal with the skyrocketing rise in fatal prescription drug overdoses. Precisely, the opioid addiction epidemic in the U.S. is killing more people in the country than guns or cars.
In late December 2016, following a theft of bags full of painkillers in the Pasadena City Pharmacy, at 1648 E. Washington Blvd., the police were on the lookout for the two suspects, who reportedly fled with the stolen drugs. As per the records, on entering the pharmacy, the convicts gestured at the counter staff as if they were carrying handguns, and thereafter, jumped over the counter to grab the targeted drugs.
According to the Pasadena police officers, the robbers were only interested in the painkillers and did not get their hands on any cash. However, the number of medications stolen was not clear. The two robbers, presumed to be African-Americans, aged between 25 and 30 years, were last seen escaping from the store on foot. Meanwhile, the police were in the process of reviewing the surveillance cameras for any relevant footage, which could provide further clues about their whereabouts.
Prescription drug abuse in California
The number of overdose-related deaths in California has skyrocketed over the last several years, owing to the rising sales of prescription opioids, such as morphine, codeine, hydrocodone and oxycodone. Using highly addictive opioids for managing chronic pain over a prolonged period could lead to addiction, which, in turn, results in a fatal overdose.
Sadly, most Americans are unaware of the dangers of prescription drugs due to the underlying misconception about drug testing and approval procedures. Apparently, most people assume that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a rigorous testing and evaluation mechanism in place, which may not always be true. In fact, the present system places the entire responsibility of clinical trials and safety testing of a new drug on the pharmaceutical company that develops the drug.
Thus, ease of availability is the prime cause of prescription drug abuse in the country. Besides, painkiller drugs are definitely cheaper than a multidisciplinary approach to treating pain. Studies have shown that people fighting opioid addiction resort to doctor shopping, theft, online purchases of medications and other criminal activities to feed their addiction.
Battling the menace of drug addiction
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to prescription drugs, or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Pasadena Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you avail the best addiction treatment programs and embark on your journey to sobriety. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 626-788-9844 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.