New Group Of Drug Dealers: Senior Citizens

The prescription drug trade is bringing a wide range of demographics of using and selling.

Here’s more from New York CBS:

Increasingly, experts say the ‘someone selling’ is a senior citizen.

“It’s not uncommon to see people 55 and older, who receive monthly medications, selling some on the street or to people they know,” Chassman said.

Chassmanis with the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

“A 30 milligram of oxycodon can go for $30 and if you get a 90 day supply, do the math. That’s significant,” he said.

Especially significant to someone living on a fixed income.

Their mugshots tell the tale; 81-year-old Arthur Cox was busted for selling $1,000 wort of his painkiller dilaudid.

Tina Robin White, 59, was pinched for selling her oxycodone and 91-year-old Archie Bethea was busted for peddling a variety of his prescriptions on the street.



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