New York City Pharmacies will start Dispensing “Decoy” Bottles of Painkillers for NYPD
The NYPD has announced that they will ask pharmacies in their city to stock “decoy” bottles of prescription painkillers that have GPS devices installed within them. In the event of a robbery, the pharmacy will toss in the decoy that will hopefully lead investigators back to large stocks of stolen prescription painkillers. The decoys will be labeled as though they are powerful painkillers, but will actually be filled with a harmless placebo. ”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,” says Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
In preparation for the conference where Kelly will present his plan, he says the initiative to develop this plan was prompted by a spike in high-profile crimes associated with the thriving black market for painkillers. He also cites the case of a retired NYPD officer who, after retiring with an injury and getting hooked on painkillers, began robbing drug stores at gunpoint.
Prescription drug abuse “can serve as a gateway to criminal activities, especially among young people,” says Kelly. “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.”
There are about 6,000 pharmacies in New York City that the NYPD plans to have visited by officers to discuss security measures that might need to be taken, such as alarm systems and lighting of storage aresas. These visits are also when the “bait bottles” will start being stocked.
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