Stolen doctor numbers used to obtain drugs now a growing problem

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A Chicago doctor has issued a warning about falsified prescription drugs.

The doctor says his Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Physician’s number has been used in the last few weeks to try and obtain prescription drugs.  He has now red flagged his number but the DEA says this is a growing problem that is hitting Chicago because of growing street gangs.

The doctor, who did not want to be identified, says although he has been able to block some of the attempts, several have been successful.

The DEA points to a startling statistic, last year more people died from prescription drugs than from cocaine, heroin and meth combined.  They say gangs will try to capitalize on the overuse of prescription drugs and at some point we may see look alike prescription drugs making their way to Chicago from overseas.

The DEA is looking into this latest case.

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