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Robbers hit pharmacy, escape with drugs

Posted: June 10, 2009 3:00 p.m.
Updated: June 10, 2009 3:00 p.m.
Three men robbed a Canyon Country pharmacy Wednesday morning, making off with a bag full of prescription painkillers and evading sheriff's deputies.

About 11:15 a.m., then men, one of whom wielded a handgun, walked into Zoey Pharmacy at 18500 Via Princessa and demanded OxyContin and cough syrup, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Hershey.

They piled the stolen medication into a bag and drove off in a silver-gray Dodge sedan, he said.

No one was injured in the robbery.

OxyContin is a pain-killing opioid similar to morphine. It is a popular drug among thieves and robbers who hit pharmacies, and it can sell on the street for more than $40 for a 40-milligram pill, according to the Drug Policy Alliance Network.

Groups across the nation, including many law enforcement agencies and the National Community Pharmacists Association, have reported a recent increase in pharmacy robberies they say is linked to rising demand for OxyContin and other drugs.

However, no one agency tracks the trend on a national level.



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