Pharmacies under siege as Oxy addiction spreads

More than 1,800 pharmacy robberies have taken place nationally over the last three years, carried out by robbers who are “brazen and desperate” in their drive to obtain opioid painkillers like Oxy to sell or feed their own addictions, the New York Times reports.

These heists include a machete-wielding robber who gulped down oxycodone before he fled, a man who threatened a pharmacist with a cordless drill, and a holdup that led to a shootout in which a pharmacy worker was killed, the article says.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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