Prescription drug use epidemic linked to violent crime
September 12, 2012
Police said a recent string of assaults in Grover Beach may be linked to an increase in prescription drug use. [KSBY]
In all three cases, victims were beaten by their alleged assailants. In one case, the suspect demanded a man hand over his prescription drugs. After the elderly man refused, the suspect beat him.
Prescription drug abuse in San Luis Obispo County has skyrocketed to almost twice the state average. County public health officials said the abuse of prescription drugs is the nation’s fastest growing drug problem.
In San Luis Obispo County, 44 people died from accidental drug overdoses last year. Of those, 27 were attributed to pain killers.