April 7, 2012

Where Are the Drugs Going?

1 Walgreens in FL Purchasing Too Much Oxycodone

Six Walgreens pharmacies and one distribution center in Florida are being inspected after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency issued warrants because they noticed a dramatic increase in the purchase of oxycodone, a highly addictive painkiller. Within two years, the number of Florida Walgreens retail walk-in pharmacies on the DEA’s list of top 100 oxycodone purchasers went from zero to 38 and by February 2012, that number jumped to 53. The concern is that individuals who abuse the drugs are being getting their prescriptions from doctors at pain clinics and filling them at these pharmacies. An inspection will allow them to trace where the drugs are going. Florida is known for its "drug mills," fake pain clinics where doctors prescribe a large amount of pills to addicts and drug dealers.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Legal Drugs Abused at Same Rate As Illegal Drugs

Tags: DEA, Prescription Drug Abuse, Walgreens, Walk in Retail Pharmacies, Pharmacy, Oxycodone, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Pill Mills

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