Local Doctor Calls Prescription Pill Abuse “Epidemic”

SPANISH FORT, AL- A Baldwin County pain management doctor says the U.S. is in the middle of a prescription pill epidemic following the latest drug store burglary.

Dr. Ron Lee is a pain management specialist in Foley. Dr. Lee says federal regulations restricting the way doctors prescribe narcotics and the amount prescribed have pushed many addicts into lives of crime.

“It’s becoming harder and harder to get these narcotics,” says Lee. “There’s a drive now for people to steal from pharmacies.”

Spanish Fort police say a man broke into the Medicap Pharmacy early Tuesday and stole about $1,000 worth of morphine.

Police don’t believe this break-in is connected to a series of recent pharmacy burglaries across the South.

 

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