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When Homes are Burglarized, People Claim Prescription Drugs are Stolen

KENNEWICK, Wash.--Kennewick police say they are receiving calls about homes being burglarized. That's nothing new. But what homeowners are saying gets stolen are prescription drugs. And that raises concern.

"Once your addicted, you'll do just about anything to get it," says Chemical Dependency Counselor, Lynn Doublin. And its not that hard. You've got Internet sales. You've got doctors not paying attention to prescription pads."

People attempt to then use a police report to get their hands on more drugs. But pharmacies say that won't help. Police say people try it anyway.

"There has been cases that I personally have worked where people have reported that their prescription narcotics were stolen and it turns out that its not the case>

And pharmacies we talked to today say "common sense" prevents drugs from getting into the wrong hands. If the pharmacist has any suspicion, he or she can refuse the prescription. And if that happens, doublin says, drug-seekers will take a more familiar approach.

"Somebody is, in the family is on pain medication," according to Doublin. Maybe because their under cancer treatment or something. And the addict is taking their medication. And that's fairly common. And from their own kids."

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