Maine police warn seniors about prescription drug thefts

(NECN) -- Police in Maine's Cumberland County are warning seniors about a rise in prescription drug thefts. Thursday morning, the Cumberland Police Department offered a free talk to seniors to alert them to this growing problem.

They said during a break-in thieves are often only looking for medications like oxycontin. Shelby Briggs, a health promotion specialist with the City of Portland, says one pill can sell for up to one hundred dollars on the street. Most seniors make it easy for thieves to find by keeping pills in easily accessible places.

"We are trying to educate people to better find a location, either a lock box or to keep track of what they have and not to keep it lying around on the counter or the medicine cabinet, that's just not the proper place for it to be," said Lt. Milton Calder of the Cumberland Police Department.

They also warned seniors that it can often be a friend of even a family member who is stealing the pills. According to one study, one in seven Maine high school students admit to abusing prescription drugs.


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