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Feds Tackle Florida to Connecticut Prescription Drug Smuggling

By Jeannie Colter

It is possible the drug abuse and drug addiction in Connecticut is not what you think it is. Despite the changes in our society, many people still think of illicit drug use as something that only happens in dangerous areas or to people who don’t seem to be doing much in life. This is far from true. As law enforcement is well aware, people at all levels of society are finding themselves or their loved ones battling drug addiction in Connecticut.

In “Feds: Florida-to-Connecticut Prescription Drug Pipeline Fueling Spike In Abuse,” The Courant describes “Operation Blue Coast,” a DEA investigation that shed light on a dangerous connection between the two states. Most of these illegal activities have centered on oxycodone, with methadone also being sold and purchased illicitly. There have been persons of various walks of life found to be involved in this activity: people the article refers to as “traditional drug dealers,” as well as pharmacists, doctors (practicing legally and illegally), medical office employees, and government employees, including those in law enforcement. In one instance, a state trooper helped make transports between Florida and Connecticut and acted as security for a drug dealer.

If you were not already aware, prescription drug abuse is on the rise. As The Courant notes, “traditional drug dealers” are getting on the act because they see that there is a good deal of money to be made. Also, there is “a Florida-to-Connecticut pill pipeline, fueled in part by Internet drug mills.” Some people are prescribed medicine for a legitimate medical issue and find themselves addicted. Other may be looking to experiment and find that it is easier and in some cases seemingly safer to get illegal prescription drugs than it is to get “street drugs.”

You may wonder just how drugs like oxycodone (which you may also see under the brand name OxyContin®) can be legal. When it is being used properly, it can be of great benefit to certain patients. Despite the potent addictive qualities and dangers of abuse of oxycodone, when medical use of oxycodone is properly managed, it is safe, rarely leading to addiction and providing effective pain management.