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Your Next Pain Killer Could Be Bugged

 

NYPD pill-tracking-systemAt the 2013 Clinton Health Matters Conference in La Quinta on Tuesday, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, publicized a new tactic to attempt to discontinue the spread of pharmaceutical prescription drug related crime – arming medicine bottles with GPS tracking devices.

The traceable “bait bottle” is planned to be dispensed among different pharmacies containing fake pain-killers in the hopes of battling the plague of pharmacy robberies by sellers and addicts looking for oxycodone pills.  This idea is somewhat mirror-like to the previously developed cash equipped with exploding dye in banks to trip up bank robbers. “In the event of a robbery or theft, we’ll be able to track the bottle, which may lead us to stash locations across the city,” Kelly states.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the use of prescription painkillers has increased the number of holdups of pharmacies. The amount of armed robberies of drug stores within just four years between 2006 and 2010 has increased 79%.  “The NYPD has seen firsthand the destructive power of addiction to Oxycontin,” Kelly said. “One of our own retired police officers who became addicted to the pills after incurring an injury on the job began robbing drug stores at gunpoint.”  In addition, since 1999, the number of accidental overdoses due to painkillers has quadrupled.

Commissioner Kelly also stated, “Prescription drug abuse can serve as a gateway to criminal activities, especially among young people.  When pills become too expensive, addicts are known to resort to cheaper drugs such as heroin and cocaine. They turn to crime to support their habit.”

Approximately 6,000 licensed pharmacists in New York City will be registered in to a database which is most likely going to be completed in March.  Some of these pharmacies will receive the “bait bottles” containing the placebo pills and some will not.  Eventually, the police want to expand their efforts by even tracking actual placebo tablets being fitted with tracking devices.

 

Work Cited:

Image via Proteus Biomedical

Klimas, Liz. “NYPD to Introduce “Bait Bottles’ With GPS Trackers to Combat Theft of Prescription Meds.” TheBlaze. The Blaze LLC, 15 Jan. 2013. Web. 15 Jan. 2013.

 

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