ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Monday, KMOX News told you about “Pill Mills” now popping up in Missouri — clinics that hand out painkillers to anyone with the money to pay. According to one local police chief they’re not hard to find.
“It really concerns me when I see ads in a popular free weekly St. Louis newspaper advertising pain clinics,” says St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch. “Think about it, what legitimate medical office or doctor advertises a few pages away from ads for massages and sex hotlines?!”
Fitch tells KMOX News he believes pill mills are moving into Missouri because it’s now the only state that lacks a program to track how narcotics are prescribed and dispensed. “You can walk into your corner pharmacy with a prescription for a month supply for an oxy (oxycodone) product, and then walk next door to the next pharmacy with another prescription and just keep doing that.” As the region has battled to fight heroin abuse and overdose deaths, Fitch says he’s learned from many people that their addiction started with painkillers.
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