Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Prescription Drug Abuse Leads To Criminal Reports

Officials with the Putnam County sheriff's department say abuse of prescription drugs continues to be a problem in the area, with thieves now stealing medications from patients who have certain drugs prescribed to them for legitimate purposes. At least two such incidents are under investigation today by the sheriff's office. On Old Baxter Road, a woman reported to Deputy Bo Sherrell that she went to take her medication and found the bottle to be empty. That medication, he says, was the painkiller Endocet, and about 100 pills had apparently been taken. Endocet is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. Sherrell says whoever took the pills left the bottle behind. Meanwhile, a man who lives on Plunk Whitson Road told Corporal Scott Stockton that someone had come into his room, taken his car keys and then stolen 75 prescription pain pills out of the trunk of his car. The pills in that incident were also oxycodone.