According to deputies, a white man walked up to the counter and handed an attendant a note demanding oxycodone and cash. The robber said he had a gun, but did not want to use it. No gun was displayed during the robbery. Oxycodone is the faster-acting version of Oxycontin. Both are narcotics used to alleviate pain. Both are addictive and give users a euphoric feeling.
The pharmacist was handed a plastic bag for the pills and once the robber received them–several hundred worth–he left through the store’s front door. No cash was taken during the incident.
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Deputies reported the man was believed to be traveling in a dark colored vehicle. He is described as being about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses. He was wearing yellow gloves at the time of the robbery.
“We are hopeful that someone may have seen this man leaving or entering his vehicle on the parking lot. Any information would be of assistance to our detectives,” said Flagler County Sheriff Donald W. Fleming.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office at 386/313-4911 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-277-8477.
Oxycodone and oxycontin are the favored pills used by addicts and prescription-drug traffickers, especially in South Florida, keeping so-called “pill mills” busy. The state has been attempting to crack down on pill mills. Fleming is urging local governments to pass ordinances imposing a moratorium on pain clinics in hope of stopping the spread of pill mills from South Florida, where they are being aggressively pursued.
Local, legitimate and professional pain management clinics are going to great lengths to ensure that they are not unfairly tainted by the association with fly-by-night pill mills.