Spike in Local Pharmacy Robberies

4-9 bimartEUGENE, Ore. — A spike in pharmacy robberies during the last month is raising questions about a prescription drug problem in Lane County.

Two Bi-marts were robbed just this week in Eugene.

Lane County Public Health says a demand for the drugs could be a reason for the recent increase. It says we do have a prescription drug problem.

Public Health Spokesman Jason Davis says they’ve noticed a sharp increase in opiates in general, which includes oxycontin and heroin.

He says as the use goes up, the demand goes up, which may lead to people doing whatever it takes to buy or sell prescription drugs. Davis says the problem lies in accessibility.

“You have a drug that serves a specific purpose to a specific group of people. How can you give that drug to those people and then not expect it to bleed out and eventually end up in the hands of others?” Davis said.

Davis says the prescription drug problem trickles down to teens with more than 4 percent of 11th graders abusing prescription drugs on a daily basis.

Davis says as a way to combat the problem, the county offers prescription drop boxes for people to safely dispose of the drugs. Lane Community College is also hosting prescription drug take back day on April 26 on its main campus.

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