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March 13, 2014

Pills missing after Rx delivery

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — WILSON — A Pettit Street pharmacy owner discovered a bottle of hydrocodone pills was missing from a shipment of medications delivered to the store Tuesday, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

The owner notified police after noticing that 1,000 pills were missing from the delivery. After the packages were delivered, one of them was found to have been damaged and opened prior to delivery.

The pharmacy owner said demand for hydrocodone pills is high, fetching as much as $8 a pill.

The packages were sent from a medical distributor in Grand Island, according to the Sheriff's Office.

When Fed Ex, the delivery company, was contacted, a supervisor there said that there is no way for the delivery driver to know the contents of packages. The supervisor also told the Sheriff's Office that Fed Ex is investigating other incidences in which hydrocodone pills were removed from packages shipped by the Grand Island-based distributor.

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