New York Struggles With Prescription Drug Addiction

Many small communities are seeing an increase in crime related to addiction, and pharmacies have recently been a target for offenders. As prescription drug abuse continues to grow, individuals who are dependent on the substances are becoming desperate to feed their addictions.

In Niagra Falls, New York, many pharmacies are being burglarized as addicts look for free prescription drugs, according to the Buffalo News. Robert Kendzia, who works at a pharmacy in the area, has been robbed at gun point twice. He also told the news source that the location has been broken into several times by individuals looking for a way to obtain drugs.

Recently, a popular physician in the area was arrested for allegedly prescribing pills to patients who did not need them, fueling the addiction issue in the region. Kendzia and other pharmacists expect the arrest to make business worse as addicts seek new ways to get their hands on pills through means, such as robbery.

The number of Americans who used at least two prescription drugs regularly increased from 25 percent in 1999 and 2000 to 31 percent in 2007 and 2008, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug rehab programs can help people who are addicted to prescription medications.