faced this public embarrassment after a pharmacist reported a robbery;
Investigators in Attleboro, about 40 miles south of Boston, said: Todd enter
ed the Walgreen’s pharmacy after 1 p.m. on Sunday and showed the pharmacist a note on his phone saying he had a bomb.
Police say the 30-year-old, of Anaheim, Calif., then made off with six bottles of Oxycontin and fled in a cab headed to the Comcast Center in Mansfield, where his band was to open for Soundgarden that night.
He was arrested at the concert hall before the show, though the band played without him but it must have been a sad show for the band members as well as for the audience. The incident obviously has hampered the band’s image as many of the fans are shocked.
“That is kind of shocking,” a Coheed fan said to the station. “I didn’t think any of them were like that.”
Todd is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Attleboro District Court.
Intake of Oxycontin without prescription is not new, infact a lot of fuss was created recently about Oxycontin abuse and controlled substance but this incident has unveiled the level of addictiveness of the drug.
When abused, OxyContin, like other opiates and opioids, can be dangerously addictive. Rather than ingesting the pill as indicated, people who abuse OxyContin use other methods of administering the drug. To avoid the controlled-release mechanism, they either chew, snort or inject the medication to get an instant and intense “high.” Frequent and repeated use of the drug can cause the user to develop a tolerance to its effects, so larger doses are required to elicit the desired sensation and the abuser gets increasingly addicted to the drug.
Recently, there has been a lot of media focus on this prescription drug due to increasing reports of its abuse. According to an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) fact sheet, an estimated 1.6 million Americans used prescription-type pain relievers for non-medical reasons for the first time in 1998. Furthermore, ONDCP reports that the number of oxycodone emergency cases increased nearly 36 percent in a single year, from 3,369 in January to June 1999 to 5,261 in January to June 2000.
We all know that intake of such drugs can be dangerously addictive and how people fall in love with that addiction but when such addictions start harming others around then they become havoc for the society.
So is not our responsibility to control such things? If yes then how?