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Oxycontin stolen from pharmacy

June 14, 2004

Albany -- A downtown Albany pharmacy is broken into overnight, and hundreds of pills of a powerful narcotic are stolen.

Burglars smashed their way into the rear of the U-Save-It Pharmacy on North Washington Street Sunday  night. The thieves stole six bottles of oxycontin, a powerful pain medication.

 The hundreds of stolen pills have varying levels of medication, but pharmacists warn they are all dangerous. Pharmacist Susan Brim said "Absolutely not. It is a very dangerous, addictive, narcotic substance. How dangerous could it be? It could be lethal if enough of it is taken, absolutely."

Drug agents say that Oxycontin is one of the top narcotics of choice on the street.

Store managers say the stolen drugs were worth three thousand dollars, but street dealers will charge from 20 to 80 dollars a pill for the highly addictive drug.

posted at 4:42 PM by jimw@walb.com