In many communities, the local pharmacist is among the most respected members of the neighborhood. He gives you your prescriptions at a fair price, always has a smiling face, and seems like a through-and-through decent guy, but this isn’t always the case. Having access to drugs like morphine, oxycontin, prozan, and xanax is a huge responsibility – these drugs, on the street, or purchased for personal use, most of the times at a high dollar. Pharmacists, who make just over $100,000 a year on average, could very be drugs supplier and you wouldn’t even know it! Take this example for instance:
A local pharmacists in Rhode Island was predicted to face about 10 years in prison for stealing morphine and prescription painkillers off the shelves and replacing them with saline solution. Instead of doing jail time though, he was charged with 5 years of probation and a handful of community service hours. This doesn’t seem like a very good example of punishment fitting the crime – and it’s not considering the potential murder or manslaughter charges that this could have received. The pharmacists took the capsules that the morphine was in, opened them, transferred the morphine out, and replaced it with saline. Then, he glued the lids back on to make it look like they were never opened. Well, little did he know, glue and saline compound instantly and can turn into a deadly poison. There isn’t any evidence that anybody has died from saline or glue poisoning from this particular instance, but this is becoming a really serious issue.
A lot of times the actual pharmacist isn’t the only who you need to watch out for – it’s the pharmacy technicians. Pharmacists make plenty of money, but pharmacy technicians make considerably less and would then be more inclined to steal drugs from the office, and sell them to people on the streets for a decent amount of cash. Pilfering drugs (stealing small amounts of drugs in a stealthy manner over and over) is, like I said, quickly becoming the go-to technique for getting drugs on the streets and in the black market. I think it’s time the “war on drugs” gets off the streets and starts hitting the offices.