Drug loss stats spike: 15 percent bump in stolen, missing pills
Boston Herald - 11/10/2015
“There’s still a lot of demand and the supply is being constricted, so people are responding as you would expect: By doing more, sort of desperate acts to get their hands on these drugs,” said Leo Beletsky, an associate professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern University who has been studying overdose and drug issues for the last decade.
“We used to have a pretty liberal prescribing routine for opioids, meaning they were relatively easy to get by a prescription. And in the context of the current crisis, that’s changing,” Beletsky said. “That’s affecting the availability of these drugs on the black market.”