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Not Another Sequel! “Drugstore Cowboy” Author James Fogle Arrested for Pharmacy Robbery (Again).

May 28, 2010
Drugstore Cowboy Author James Fogle

"Drugstore Cowboy" Author James Fogle

I have written about pharmacy robberies on these pages many times before, but this is a most interesting development…

Apparently Fogle and another man were caught mid-spree trying to liberate what has been described as “garbage cans full of drugs” from a Redmond (Washington) pharmacy.

For those who may not know (really?), James Fogle wrote what would become the critically acclaimed “Drugstore Cowboy” from his California prison cell in the 1970s. The book achieved some critical acclaim, and was later (in 1989) adapted for the silver screen by none other than Gus Van Sant.

I’m trying to decide what will be sadder, James possibly spending the rest of his life in prison, or the media using this story to obfuscate and confuse the recent surge in pharmacy robberies, which is fast-becoming one of the most serious aspects of the Painkiller Epidemic.


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Wal-Mart Pharmacy Defrauded out of 9,000 Painkillers

May 6, 2010

Scranton, PA Woman accused of defrauding Wal-Mart Pharmacy of 9,000 painkillers

See… now this is something. I am not going to get into too many details right now (I will get into them here soon), but there are so many holes in the way Opiate/Opiod Prescription Painkillers (and prescriptions in general) are filled by pharmacies that it’s down-right embarrassing. You will meet more resistance cashing a payroll check at your average bank than you will filling a prescription for a powerful narcotic at most pharmacies.

“Sara L. Bubser, 54, deceived the pharmacy for eight years until someone at Walmart recently called the doctor to verify the orders…” —The Scranton Times-Tribune

Where to begin? Let’s see… Most pharmacies will not check your ID. They rely on “pharmacy technicians” too heavily.  And the DEA numbers that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians count on to demonstrate “authenticity”… are a cruel joke.

There are little-to-no standards for the design of prescription pads. Ditto with procedures for phoning and faxing in prescriptions. I could go on. What went wrong at this Wal-Mart Pharmacy in this case? There are few details so far…



SOUTHERN OHIO: Community organizes against Rx drug abuse – Episcopal Life Online

April 21, 2010

Episcopal Life Online – DIOCESAN DIGEST.

SOARING? Former Eagle Sam Rayburn [Allegedly] Forged Prescriptions for Painkillers

May 7, 2009

From Comcast SPORTSNET:

Former NFL player Sam Rayburn is facing drug-related charges in his Oklahoma hometown.

The 28-year-old Rayburn was charged Tuesday in Grady County District Court with two felony counts of obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance by forgery or fraud.

According to court papers, prosecutors are alleging that Rayburn presented forged prescriptions to try to obtain Percocet and Lortab, which are addictive painkillers.

Rayburn was arraigned on Tuesday and is free on $2,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for June 24.

The Grady County court clerk’s office said Rayburn does not yet have an attorney, and attempts to reach Rayburn at his Chickasha home Wednesday were not successful.

Rayburn played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2003 to 2006.

Are you people hearing me yet? (-Ed.)


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SHOCKER? Paula Abdul admits to 12-year-long painkiller addiction

May 6, 2009
Pain Pill Paula?

Pain Patch Paula?

UPDATE: 5/11/09—Late last week Abdul apparently told two radio shows that she never said she had been addicted to painkillers or checked into rehab. She claims that in the interview with Ladies Home Journal, where she’d allegedly admitted to battling a 12-year addiction to painkillers and checking into rehab, “that the magazine got it wrong and took her remarks out of context”.


Paula Abdul has finally admitted to what those of us familiar with opiates already new… that she was on something—and now we find that something turned out to be painkillers. This kinda thing is starting to become somewhat of an old story, but unfortunately this is just the kind of thing we need to bring increased awareness to what I have been referring to as the Painkiller Epidemic.

“I could have killed myself.”

Awareness breeds attention. Attention courts change.

Good luck Paula.



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