Burglar Threatens Victim With Gun Seeking Her Medication
February 28, 2013 According to Sheriff Ed Graybeal, On 2/27/13 around 12:25pm the victim (Angela Friday age 43 of 1238 Old Gray Station RD) came home and discovered Cody Hicks (age 21 of 255 Grassy Valley Rd Gray TN) inside her home attempting to take her medications. The victim advised that Mr. Hicks pointed a handgun at her and threatened to kill her if she called Law Enforcement. Mr. Hicks left in a vehicle and almost struck the victim as she came outside.
Cody Hicks was taken into custody later the same day at 280 South Pickens Bridge Rd Apt# 3. He is currently being held at the Washington County Detention Center for Aggravated Burglary and Two Counts of Aggravated Assault with a $120,000 bond pending an arraignment hearing on 2/28/13 at 1:30 pm in Sessions Court.
Once again drug addiction has led to another crime. There are severe restrictions on legal patients due to the out of control prescription drug abuse.
Prescription drug use is a problem in Tennessee
Drug overdose deaths in Tennessee are increasing:The number of drug overdose deaths in Tennessee increased from 422 in 2001 to 1,059 in 2010; The number of drug overdose deaths in 2010 represents an increase of 250% over the 10 year time period. Includes all drug overdose deaths where the manner of death was listed as one of the following: accidental, undetermined, suicide (intentional), or homicide.
Source: Office of Policy, Planning and Assessment, Tennessee Department of Health - Death Certificates.
The top three most prescribed controlled substances in Tennessee in 2010 are:
275.5 million pills of hydrocodone (e.g., Lortab, Lorcet, Vicodin);
116.6 million pills prescribed for alprazolam (e.g., Xanax: used to treat anxiety);
113.5 million pills prescribed for oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Roxicodone) Hydrocodone and oxycodone are both prescription opioids used to treat pain.
The number of drugs prescribed during 2010 to Tennesseans represents:
51 pills of hydrocodone for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12;
22 pills of alprazolam for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12;
21 pills of oxycodone for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12.
Source: Report to the 2011 General Assembly by the Tennessee Department of Health Controlled Substance Database Advisory Committee, Board of Pharmacy.
Prescription drug abuse affects everyone:
Abuse of prescription opioids is the number one drug problem for Tennesseans receiving state-funded treatment services;
Almost 250,000 Tennesseans older than 12 reported abusing prescription opioids in 2009.
Source: Treatment Episode Data Set - Admission (TEDS-A). 1999 - 2009. SAMHSA State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008 - 2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.
Prescription drug abuse hits every profession and every socioeconomic level:
For those seeking state-funded treatment, people who were stable (married, employed and had at least a high school education) were 3.16 times more likely than less stable consumers to use prescription opioids than illicit drugs.
Source: Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. Tennessee Web Information Technology System (TN WITS) Database.
Prescription drug abuse especially affects women:
While more men were admitted to treatment in 2009 than women, a higher percentage of women abuse prescription opioids;
21% of 6,827 men reported prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse;
27% of 3,403 women listed prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse;
35% of 142 pregnant women admitted to state-funded treatment services in Tennessee listed prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse.
Source: SAMHSA State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008 - 2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.
Posted March 21, 2013
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