Local Man Robs Prescription Drugs At Gunpoint From San Francisco Pharmacies

Prescription drug abuse is a prevalent problem in today’s society, and they are becoming the drug of choice for many addicts. This growing issue was highlighted in San Francisco during the last week of October, when a man robbed two pharmacies at gunpoint. The man demanded prescription medications from the pharmacies, which were located in the Marina District and the Sunset District.

The suspect in the robberies is described as an Asian man between the ages of 20 and 30. The first robbery occurred early in the morning on Thursday October 30, at about 7:20 a.m. Witnesses said that the man entered the Walgreens Pharmacy in the Marina District at that time, and walked up to the pharmacy counter where he pointed a silver handgun at the clerk who was working. He demanded that the clerk provide him with four bottles of prescription medications. After the clerk complied with his demands, he fled the store on foot.It was several hours before the next incident occurred. At about 4:15 p.m., a man entered the Greenhouse Pharmacy in the Sunset District. A similar description was provided for the suspect, leading police to believe it is the same man who committed both crimes. After entering the Greenhouse Pharmacy, the suspect approached the counter, revealed his handgun and demanded hydrocodone from the clerk. Witnesses said they could hear pill bottles in the backpack that the man carried into the store. Once he received the hydrocodone, he fled on foot from the scene of the crime.

Luckily, there were no injuries reported in either incident, but police are still searching for the suspect. This crime highlights the prevalence of prescription drug abuse in this country, and the demand for these drugs on the black market. Prescription drugs are highly addictive, and it is easy for people to become dependent on these drugs. In many cases, people do not take the drugs as prescribed, and find themselves continuing their use in order to avoid the uncomfortable and painful withdrawal symptoms they will experience if they stop taking it. Millions of Americans take prescription drugs each year, and the rate of abuse continues to climb.

Buying Prescription Drugs on the Black Market

In addition, many Americans cannot afford the prescription drugs that they need. Since their health insurance and prescription drug plans may not pay for these medications, they may choose to purchase the drugs on the black market. This has driven up the value of prescription drugs on the black market, which can lead to an increase in crime such as the recent incidents in San Francisco.

It’s important to understand that the black market for prescription drugs not only exists on the city streets, but there also is a prevalent and growing online black market for prescription drugs. Criminals, such as the suspect in the San Francisco robberies, can easily sell these drugs online for a significant amount of money. It is estimated that tens of millions of dollars worth of pharmaceuticals are stolen in the United States every year, and many of these stolen drugs end up on the black market. These illegal online pharmacies make it easy for people get the medications they want without a prescription from a doctor.

Doctors, pharmacists, law enforcement officers, and government officials are all working together in order to fight prescription drug abuse in this country. While crimes like the one in San Francisco continue to become more commonplace in our society, awareness is also increasing each day. With more awareness, people across the country are hoping to reverse the trend of prescription drug abuse.
Sources http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/10/31/man-robs-san-francisco-pharmacies-of-prescription-drugs-at-gunpoint/ http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Pharmacies-Robbed-Over-Halloweekend http://www.kpho.com/story/23847112/price-of-medication-fuels-black-market

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