Lawmaker appeals to DEA in wake of pharmacy robberies

Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling for beefed up security measures in order to curb the growing number of pharmacy thefts by people desperate to get their hands on prescription painkillers like Oxycontin. The lawmaker wants the DEA to share data collected on pharmaceutical and prescription drug theft with local law enforcement, and has put forth a bill that would increase maximum sentences for pharmacy-related crimes to 20 years per offense. The move comes in the wake of the latest deadly pharmacy robbery on New Year’s Eve in Seaford, N.Y. and in the face of the quadruple homicide that occurred at a Medford, N.Y. pharmacy last year.

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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