Drug thefts rise statewide after pill mill crackdown – Rome News-Tribune: Local

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Drug thefts rise statewide after pill mill crackdown – Rome News-Tribune: Local

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ATLANTA — A tall man wearing a green baseball cap recently entered a CVS pharmacy in Oakwood, intent on robbery.

The man was not looking for cash. Instead, according to police, he demanded that the pharmacist give him Lortab and Percocet painkillers.

He then grabbed drug bottles and prescription bags belonging to customers before fleeing the store, police said.

The same man is being sought in a similar robbery at a Flowery Branch pharmacy.

Pharmacy officials say such robberies are occurring with greater frequency in Georgia. Ironically, the officials link the increase to the state’s recent success in cracking down on the scourge of “pill mills’’ in the state.

Pill mills are clinics or doctor’s offices that prescribe oxycodone and other powerful narcotics without a legitimate medical purpose. Their customers are often addicts or even drug dealers.

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