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.
Georgia became a pill mill magnet after neighboring states, including Florida, passed tougher laws regulating pain clinics.
But last year, the Georgia General Assembly passed legislation to get rid of pill mills, requiring pain clinics to be licensed by the state medical board and owned by physicians. The state also launched a prescription drug monitoring program, aiming to cut down on the abuse of opioid painkillers. full story