Pharmacy robberies lead to discussion about addiction and street sales

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 22, 2015)-- It's a disturbing trend--robbers targeting several local CVS pharmacies around Indianapolis. Police say cash isn't the motive. Instead, thieves are going after powerful narcotics.

"Yeah, I think in the last week we have several our investigators are investigating obviously its troubling when you see this happening because you know its drugs making their way to our streets," said IMPD officer, Rafael Diaz.

Just this week, police released  photos of a young boy about 10 or 11-years-old robbing a CVS store. He handed over a note requesting very specific drugs. In most cases IMPD believe the drugs land in the hands of street dealers.

"These drugs are making their way from the pharmacy where they're intended to go to individuals who might have an illness. However, they're going out into the streets whether its to be sold which primarily its what they're used for," said Diaz.

According to the Drug Enforcement Association, Indiana is number two in the country for pharmacy robberies. Thursday morning IMPD arrested a woman after she was accused of robbing a CVS on the southwest side. She was found with a robbery note and a variety of prescription drugs. Experts say another motivation behind this trend could be people fueling addictions and pharmacies are the perfect target.

"Its essentially a candy store for people who are addicted to those substances. So the drive, the craving, the disease that essentially drives all that behavior makes them an easy target," said Tobyn Linton of Fairbanks Recovery Services.

Fairbanks has seen a sharp increase of younger people becoming dependent on prescription medication.

"Young adult males and females both probably six or seven weeks made up the majority of our inpatient population so it was a real concern obviously we're seeing some pretty alarming trends that way," said Linton.

He wants to let people know healing from addiction is possible but family members can step in and look out for the warning signs.

"If they're seeing trends, someone is headed down a dangerous road, if there's some inkling I've got some money missing or part of my prescription is missing, someone’s acting weird or things have been off for a while just seek help," said Linton.

 

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