Last week, the New York Times reported on a surge in armed pharmacy robberies. The story focused on Maine, but the trend is nationwide: More than 1800 times in the past 3 years, people seeking opioid painkillers have held up drugstores.
Westport is no different from Bingham, Rockland or Lewiston, Maine — or Satellite Beach, Florida; North Highlands, California and Tulsa, Oklahoma, also cited in the Times story.
Last Friday, a knife-wielding man robbed CVS of the prescription painkillers Fentanyl and Duragesic. It was 5:45 a.m., and he escaped out the back door, a few steps from the pharmacy.
It’s no secret that some Westporters rely heavily on painkillers — whether they need them or not.
Now, it turns out, our town is not immune from the secondary effects of opioid addiction either.