By NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Law enforcement officers from across the state spent a day this week learning more effective ways to fight illegal trafficking and abuse of prescription medications. The seminar was sponsored by the Oxford Police Department and pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma L.P.
The session covered the types of medications that are targets for theft, illegal sale and abuse, common methods of diverting prescription medications and the difference between lawful and unlawful prescribing by health care professionals.
Attendees also learned about what law enforcement officials can do to deter pharmacy theft. RxPATROLamp®, a program created and funded by Purdue Pharma L.P., helps pharmacists guard against robberies and burglaries and assists law enforcement efforts to catch pharmacy crime suspects.
“With prescription drug abuse and misuse on the rise here in Oxford and all over Mississippi, it’s imperative that our law enforcement community be able to recognize the signs of this growing problem and learn how to prevent it,” said Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin.
Attendees included law enforcement and probation/correction officers from the Columbus, D’lberville, Choctaw, Sherman, New Albany, Batesville, Tupelo, Greenwood, Horn Lake, Verona, Leland, Okolona, Pontotoc, Belmont and Ridgeland police departments, along with agents from the Mississippi Department of Corrections, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, DEA-Tactical Diversion Squad, Jackson State University Department of Technology, Camp McCain Security, Hinds County Junior College Campus Police and Natchez Trace Parkway Rangers, as well as from the Benton County, Chickasaw County, Tishomingo County and Itawamba County sheriff departments.