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Penalties Increased for Pharmacy Robbery

By October 11, 2012

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With a huge spike in the number of armed robberies of pharmacies by drug-seeking robbers in the United States, a new federal law increases the penalties for drug store thefts. The Safe Doses Act doubles the maximum sentence for pharmacy thefts from 10 years to 20 years in prison.

The bill was signed into law by President Obama Oct. 5, 2012.

The bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, was prompted by an 81% increase in the number of armed robberies of pharmacies in the U.S. from 2006 to 2010. During that period, robberies jumped from 380 to 686.

"The Safe Doses Act will help cops put a lid on the prescription drug epidemic that is spilling across New York State and the entire country, and will also ensure that powerful prescriptions, like OxyContin and hydrocodone, make it from the factory to the patient, and nowhere else," Schumer said in a news release. "Pharmacy robberies have put our communities in danger and have turned deadly in the last year - and today the federal government can respond by providing our heroes in blue the tools to fight back."

Includes All Medical Products

The law targets not only thefts of prescription drugs but all medical products. The law increases penalties for obtaining medical supplies through fraud, as well as for transporting, trafficking or storing them. It also increases penalties for altering or falsifying documents related to stolen or expired medical supplies.

The new law also holds violators responsible for deaths due to stolen medicines.

According to Schumer, the new law "will increase the federal authorities' ability to crack down on interstate drug rings by combating theft along every point of the supply chain, from the warehouse to the delivery truck to the pharmacy."

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President Signs Schumer/Gillibrand Bill Boosting Penalties For Rx Drug Thefts That Spur Violence

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October 14, 2012 at 4:15 am
(1) Randall Brooks says:

Punishment does not work. People always have and allways will do substances to alter their reality, and punishment will do absolutly nothing to stop them.
Drugs should be legalized and regulated, and addiction should be treated as a medical problem and not a criminal one.
By doing this we will be taking the control as well as the profits away from the criminals and putting it into the hands of the medical comunity; harm reduction can be taught, treatment dynamics can be but into place, taxs can be levyed and collected, as well as many more things done to actually treat and overcome this problem instead of locking people up, beating and killing people, throwing away whole generations of familys.The War on Drugs must stop! It is a War On People who do drugs and it has to end!

October 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm
(2) Cathy Talbott says:

Wow, to legalize drugs would open a book of anarchy! Although I do agree that making punishment hard is not treating the problem, but feeding into the disease will only cause it to grow. Addicts are all ways looking for that higher high and there would be no way to control that. The infection of addiction would grow so fast that our youth would not have a fighting chance. If they really want to fight this war they would find better treatment and more ads to those fighting this disease.

October 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm
(3) Randall Brooks says:

Cathy, at first thought what you say may seem correct, however reality does not show it to be true.
Drugs are attractive to young people because it is “forbidden fruit”, also because of the “cool factor.” These are eliminated upon drugs becoming legalized and regulated..
When what was once not allowed becomes allowed, interest in it is soon lost. This is proven out in places like Portugal where the rate of addiction as well as the crime rate has dropped.
The access to children would be easier to control if drugs were legalized and regulated. For example, right now its easier for kids to get drugs then alcohol because drugs are’nt regulated like alcohol.
For more (and better) examples please visit the L.E.A.P. website. Thats Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, learn from the men and women who have spent their lives on the front lines of the war on drugs.

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