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VIENNA OxyContin is taken in pharmacyholdup



Published: Tue, May 1, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Vienna Pharmacy managers say they will no longer stock the drug.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

VIENNA -- Authorities are searching for the robber who turned down cash, and took only a prescription painkiller from Vienna Pharmacy.

Police said a man wearing a ski mask and wielding a gun entered the store, which is on state Route 193 near Vienna Center, around 10:15 a.m. Monday.

Jeff Orr, an investigator with the Trumbull County Drug Task Force, said the robber stated he didn't want money, but ordered clerks to give him OxyContin, an addictive painkiller often prescribed for cancer patients.

After receiving an undetermined number of OxyContin tablets, the man left. None of the four employees or two customers in the store were hurt.

Vienna Pharmacy officials said the store will no longer carry OxyContin, Orr said.

Fearful workers: The four employees declined to give their names but said they are glad the store will no longer carry the drug. The employees said they fear more robberies if the drug remains on the shelf. OxyContin has become a popular street drug and Task Force officials noted that there are "many people" in Trumbull County illegally selling it.

In March, authorities arrested 29 people who were part of an OxyContin-selling ring that operated in Trumbull and Mahoning counties as well as in parts of western Pennsylvania.




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