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Pharmacy Danger

The controversy surrounding the shooting of a 16-year-old robbery suspect at an Oklahoma City pharmacy last year has overshadowed another disturbing trend, pharmacy robberies.
Pharmacy Danger

Pulling out a gun

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Show 1123: Pharmacy Danger

Air date: June 5, 2011

 

Transcript

ROB MCCLENDON:  WELL WHEN ASKED WHY HE ROBBED BANKS, BANK ROBBER WILLIE SUTTON IS REPORTED TO HAVE SAID, BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE THE MONEY IS.  NOW THAT SAME PRINCLPLE APPLIES IN A DISTURBING TREND GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN PHARMACY ROBBERIES; CRIMINALS NOT LOOKING FOR MONEY, BUT FOR DRUGS.  WITH MORE, HERE’S OUR COURTENAY DEHOFF.

[SOUNDS IN A PHARMACY]

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ARE BEING COUNTED…

COUNTED ON BY PEOPLE WHO NEED THEM, AND PEOPLE WHO DON’T.  AS PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE RISES, PHARMACISTS ARE GETTING THEIR OWN PRESCRIPTION, FOR VIOLENCE.

CHAD JONES:  HE PULLS A GUN, OR HE HAS A GUN BACK OUT, AND HE’S GOT IT BACK IN MY FOREHEAD.

COURTENAY:  FOR CHAD JONES, A PHARMACIST AT CHELSEA FAMILY PHARMACY, A TYPICAL MONDAY EVENING AT WORK, TURNED INTO A LIVING NIGHTMARE FOR HIM AND A CO-WORKER.

CHAD:  SOMEONE CAME IN THE FRONT DOOR, AND I, I KNEW THIS GUY; I HAD, HAD SEEN HIM PREVIOUSLY.  AND HE HAD COME INTO OUR PHARMACY BEFORE WITH A FAKE PRESCRIPTION; AND, IT WAS FAKE BECAUSE IT WAS JUST A PHOTOCOPIED PRESCRIPTION, AND SO THERE WAS NO REAL SIGNATURE.  AND, I TOLD HIM, YOU KNOW, I’M NOT GONNA FILL THIS FOR YA; I SAID IN FACT, WHY DON’T YOU NEVER COME BACK IN THIS STORE AGAIN.

COURTENAY:  SIX MONTHS LATER THE SAME DRUG ADDICT CAME BACK INTO THE STORE, THIS TIME WITH ARMED ROBBERY ON HIS MIND.

CHAD:  AND HE KIND OF MEANDERED AROUND AND HE HAD A SACK IN HIS HAND, LIKE A BROWN PAPER GROCERY SACK, AND THE ONLY THING THAT WAS GOING THROUGH MY MIND WAS THAT HE WAS GONNA TAKE SOMETHING FROM OUT FRONT.  AND I SAID, STEVE, I SAID YOU JUST NEED TO LEAVE.  AND HE SAID, YOU NEED TO GET BEHIND THE COUNTER AND GIVE ME YOUR DRUGS; AND HE PUT THE GUN IN MY, IN MY FACE.  HE PULLED IT OUT OF THE GROCERY SACK AND HE STARTED TELLING ME TO GET THE OXYCONTIN; GIVE ME ALL YOUR OXYCONTIN AND PUT IT IN THE SACK.  SO HE HANDED ME THE SACK AND I JUST GAVE ALL THE OXYCONTIN WE HAD AND I SAID WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT?  AND HE SAID, I NEED ROXYCODONE, I NEED ALL YOUR ROXYCODONE.  MEANWHILE, HE’S MADE CHANNING LIE ON THE FLOOR AND HE’S YELLING AT HER, YOU NEED TO BE QUIET LITTLE GIRL AND I WON’T HURT YA; JUST BE QUIET AND I WON’T HURT YA.  AND I WAS LIKE, CHANNING, IT’S OKAY, YOU KNOW, JUST A SECOND.

COURTENAY:  THE ROBBER THEN FORCED JONES AND HIS PHARMACY TECHNICIAN CHANNING, TO LIE ON THE FLOOR.

CHAD:  AND HE MAKES ME LAY BY CHANNING, AND WE’RE KINDA LAYING HEAD-TO-HEAD LIKE THIS, AND I PUT MY HAND ON HER AND I’M TRYING TO CALM HER DOWN BECAUSE SHE’S LIKE SCREAMING AND EVERYTHING.  AND THEN, I THINK HE’S GONNA LEAVE.  AND PRETTY SOON, I GUESS CHANNING WAS KINDA WATCHING HER OUT OF THE CORNER OF HIS EYE, AND SHE SAID HE PULLED THE HAMMER OUT OF HIS SACK AND THEN HE CAME OVER AND I, I WAS LOOKING AT CHANNING LIKE THIS, HEAD-TO-HEAD AND HE JUST CAME STRAIGHT DOWN AND HIT ME RIGHT BEHIND THE EAR WITH THE FIRST BLOW.  AND THAT WAS JUST, PRETTY MUCH KNOCKED ME SILLY.

COURTENAY:  JONES AND HIS CO-WORKER WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME.

CHAD:  I COVERED CHANNING AND I COVERED MY HEAD, AND WHEN I DID HE CAME STRAIGHT DOWN, AND JUST LIKE HIT ME RIGHT ON TOP OF THE HEAD, THAT’S WHERE I BROKE MY FINGERS, CRUSHED A COUPLE OF FINGERS, AND I LAID BACK DOWN BESIDE CHANNING, AND I JUST REMEMBER BLOOD BEING EVERYWHERE.  AND THE NEXT THING I KNOW IS, CHANNING’S LIKE SAYING, CALL THE POLICE, CALL THE POLICE.  SO, I GET BACK UP AND I GET ANOTHER PHONE, A DIFFERENT PHONE, CORDLESS PHONE, AND I LIKE, WHAT’S THE POLICE’S PHONE NUMBER?  AND I’M TRYING TO THINK OF LIKE THEIR POLICE PHONE NUMBER INSTEAD OF CALLING 911, AND SHE’S LIKE, CALL 911; SO, I HIT 911.

COURTENAY:  ROBBERIES AND BREAK-INS LIKE THIS ARE ON THE RISE, AND THEY’RE CHANGING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE LIKE JONES, WHO ARE JUST TRYING TO DO THEIR JOB.

CHAD:  MY LIFE HASN’T BEEN THE SAME SINCE.  IN A SENSE THAT, I ALWAYS HAVE A SENSE OF VIGILANCE.  I MEAN, I’M ALWAYS LOOKING OUT FOR SOMEONE, THAT’S THE BIGGEST THING THAT I’VE NOTICED.  AND IT’S JUST STRESSFUL FOR ME TO ALWAYS BE ON EDGE.  HEADACHES DAILY, I MEAN THEY’RE, SOME ARE PRETTY SEVERE, THEY, I MEAN, I JUST DON’T WANNA MOVE, LAY IN BED IN A DARK ROOM, DON’T MOVE.  AND FATIGUE, I’M STILL HAVING A LOT OF FATIGUE WHERE I JUST CAN’T GO FOR VERY LONG; MAYBE LIKE FOUR OR FIVE HOURS, AND THEN I’M JUST TO THE POINT THAT I’M JUST SO TIRED, ALMOST SICK FEELING.

COURTENAY:  THE ROBBERY AT CHELSEA HAS NOT ONLY INCREASED AWARENESS THROUGHOUT THE STATE, IT HAS INCREASED AWARENESS FOR CHAD’S PHARMACIST WIFE, AMBER JONES.

AMBER JONES:  I’VE HAD ANGRY CUSTOMERS BEFORE.  I USUALLY WORKED AT, AT BUSIER CHAIN STORES, BUT NEVER FELT AS THREATENED OR AS MUCH ANXIETY AS AFTER, AFTER THE ROBBERY.  AND THEN JUST ON A PERSONAL LEVEL, YEAH, JUST MORE, MORE SECURITY, YOU KNOW, JUST THE, THE KIND OF A SENSE OF PEACE OF SECURITY DEFINITELY CHANGED.

COURTENAY:  AS AMERICA’S SECRET ADDICTION CONTINUES TO GROW, SO DOES THE AWARENESS THAT YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD PHARMACY, MAY NOT BE SO FRIENDLY ANYMORE.