Veteran narcotics detectives, accustomed to shutting down heroin mills and tracking cocaine cartels, have had to learn some new tricks and drug overdose deaths rival those from car crashes, WCBS 880′s Irene Cornell reported.
The data released on Wednesday also showed that 8,000 health care providers, about 15 percent, wrote the vast majority of those prescriptions, more than 80 percent.
On April 12, two armed men walked into RX Center Pharmacy on First Avenue and 119th Street around 11 a.m. and demanded Oxycontin, Percocet and cash, police said.
Cops are still searching for a suspect who they said was able to escape during a wild shootout after he and another suspect tried to rob a pharmacy in East Harlem.
A grand jury probe into “doctor shopping” on Long Island is underway in the aftermath of the Medford pharmacy massacre and the New Year’s Eve killing of an off-duty ATF agent in Seaford.
The robberies come just two months after June’s Medford pharmacy massacre which left four people dead.
A tragedy on Long Island is having an impact in Brooklyn.
On Sunday, Sen. Charles Schumer said that the abuse of prescription narcotics is reaching levels not seen since the crack epidemic of the 1980s and early 1990s.