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Man arrested for prescription drug robbery in Corona, Riverside County

Published On: 06-02-2017 in Category: Opioid addiction, Opioids, prescription drug abuse

Riverside County sheriff’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officers on May 17 arrested a Corona resident on charges of robbing prescription medicines from a Norco business. According to an official release, Jeffrey Crawford demanded prescription pills at gun point from a Norco business employee.

Crawford fled the scene before the authorities could arrive. But, soon investigating officers identified and tracked Crawford’s residence in the 2600 block of Castle Rock Circle, where he was arrested after hours of negotiations. During this standoff, authorities had even evacuated several children from a nearby daycare to avoid any untoward incident. “Crawford was taken to a local area hospital for medical evaluation and afterwards will be taken to the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, where he will be booked for robbery,” the release said.

US is reeling under prescription drug epidemic

Recent findings have revealed that an alarmingly large number of American adults are indulging in abuse or excessive use of prescription drugs. The country has woken up to the stark reality that overdoses of pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives have actually claimed more lives than firearms or road accidents do. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), millions suffer from chronic pain each year, leading to a sharp spike in health care and rehabilitation costs and a steep decline in productivity.

Prescription drugs such as Vicodin and OxyContin work wonders in numbing the intense pain signals, targeting the brain by inhibiting the neuron cell receptors. But, the very neuron cell or opioid receptors that respond to pain signals also regulate emotional impulses such as feelings of euphoria, urges to get high and the desire for reward. Such a correlation increases the risk of addiction.

Why are so many Americans falling into the trap of addiction?

One of the reasons why most Americans are uniformed about the dangers of prescription drugs is an underlying misconception about the drug testing and approval procedures. Many are led into a false sense of belief that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a meticulous testing and evaluation mechanism in place. This is actually far from the truth. The present system places the entire responsibility of clinical trials and safety testing of a new drug on the pharmaceutical company that develops it. Nonetheless, ease of availability is the prime cause of prescription drug abuse. Besides, painkillers are definitely cheaper than a multidisciplinary approach to treating pain.

Doctors, health care professionals, together with pharmacists, can play a significant role in recognizing and stopping non-medical use of prescription drugs as well as irresponsible attempts to indulge in doctor shopping. Efforts must be made to incorporate more evidence-based screening tools as a part of any consultation process, along with highlighting other alternative forms of treatment if required.

Also, patients must be made aware of the dangers of overdose, and the outcome of mixing prescription medicines with other substances, including alcohol. The need of the hour is to provide citizens with useful information on non-narcotic methods to manage pain, build healthier relationships and self-esteem.

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