Drug arrest reveals prescription problem – Kennebunk

January 17th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

By Gillian Graham

Staff Writer


When Biddeford police searched the apartment of a suspected drug dealer, they came across an increasingly common scene: legal prescription drugs diverted for illegal use.

John J. Moschos, 75, was arrested Jan. 7 by Biddeford police after they allegedly found cocaine and prescription painkillers inside his hollowed-out phone book. Police allege he was selling marijuana, cocaine, hydrocodone and Vicodin from his Sullivan Street home. He is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 23.

The arrest, say police, is another example of crimes tied to the increase in illegal use of prescription drugs.

During the past 13 months, the Biddeford Police Department has grappled with six pharmacy robberies and in the past 18 months has investigated 74 reports of stolen prescription drugs. A new federal report shows Maine leads the nation in the number of residents seeking treatment for addiction to painkillers, a statistic that comes as no surprise to Biddeford Police Chief Roger Beaupre.

 “OxyContin is the drug of choice they’re looking to get,” Beaupre said.

In Maine, 386 of every 100,000 residents 12 and older were admitted for treatment of painkiller addiction in 2008, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration. The national rate is 45 per 100,000 people.

Data from the federal Drug Abuse Warning Network shows 4.6 million visits to emergency rooms nationwide in 2009 were drug-related. Nearly a third, or 1.2 million, of all visits were for

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