Illegal Pill Trade Rampant – Beware Calhoun and Roane

A great big heads up to those who think they are somehow “COOL” by being involved in this prescription drug scam. Did you know that MANY big pharmaceutical companies are funded and run by POLITICIANS? Did you know that it is common for doctors to own stock in pharmaceutical companies? Did you know that there is even a “conspiracy theory” in which it would seem that the goal is to get everyone medicated one way or another in order to “control” the masses?

Did you know that a lot of the more recent prescription meds being handed out are still experimental? That is, they really DON’T know what the long term effects might be. So, have you given up and simply don’t care? Do you even give a damn that you might be trading in something that could harm or kill someone? Do you give a damn that you are supporting the very things that cause you so many problems in life that you wish to be ANESTHETIZED rather than face it?

Do you give a rats ass that you are in effect SUPPORTING the police in this state by continuing to play this stupid pill game? And do you care AT ALL that you are bringing HEAT on those who you associate with simply by being involved in the pill trade and then associating with others who may not wish to be involved?

There used to be a time when even the “heads” did not use pills! Those awful folks known as HIPPIES already knew, many, many years ago, that pills and white powders were NOT acceptable. Those were things that only lowlifes and bums did. In those circles it was something that was simply NOT DONE. Believe it or not, there are STILL many people who feel the same way. Because it is no different now, just more prevalent.

I am here to say that no one here at the Underground supports this rampant pill trade, either illegal OR legal! It is sickening to say the least, and the sentiment is so strong in this neighborhood that should any visitors here be found for certain to be involved in some kind of illegal pill trade, they will be ASKED TO LEAVE.

Having said that, read and weep:

Indictments sign of problem with prescription drugs By DAVID HEDGES Publisher – More than a fourth of the indictments returned by a Roane grand jury last week involved the alleged sale or use of prescription drugs. Six Spencer residents were charged with felony offenses ranging from selling drugs they had legally obtained by prescription to “doctor shopping,” or visiting different physicians to obtain prescriptions.

“It’s the biggest drug problem we have in Roane County, and we haven’t even scratched the surface,” Cpl. F.L. Hammack of the State Police detachment in Spencer, who presented the prescription drug cases to the grand jury, said. Hammack said the problem starts and ends at the same place — in the doctor’s office. “Some doctors in Roane County are really working hard to make a difference,” he said. “But others are just turning their head.”

Prescription painkillers such as oxycodone account for most fatal overdoses in West Virginia, according to a government study. About two-thirds of those who die from overdoses in the state don’t have a prescription, a figure that leads the nation, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug overdoses are now the second-leading cause of unintended deaths in the U.S. behind auto accidents. The problem is worse in rural areas.

The CDC has studied drug abuse in West Virginia and found that overdose rates have risen 550 percent in a five-year period. Of the nearly 300 people who died from overdoses in 2006, 63 percent used drugs. “Doctors who write these prescriptions might as well be loading a gun,” Hammack said. Every licensed doctor and pharmacist in West Virginia has access to information about the prescriptions their patients are receiving, according to Hammack.

Police officers must be certified to have access to that information. Other officers, including Hammack, work with those officers to investigate prescription cases. But he said the best answer is to prevent the drugs from being abused in the first place. “It’s just something we’ll have to work on until people get the message,” he said.

Those indicted last week on prescription drug cases were: ν Mary Carpenter, 44, of Reservoir St. for possession with intent to deliver and delivery of oxycodone and hydrocodone. An informant allegedly purchased the pills at her home in 2004 and 2007. ν Christina Carpenter, 34, of Arnoldsburg Road for delivery of mood altering drugs Ativan and Seroquel, possession with intent to deliver and two counts of obtaining controlled substance by fraud. Police allege she obtained prescriptions from two doctors and sold to an informant. ν Kevin Schroeder, 47, of State Street for delivery of oxycodone and possession with intent to deliver. Police allege an informant purchased the pain reliever from Schroeder at his home in June. ν Herbert Cobb, 49, and Robin Zayed, 47, both of High Street for two counts each of delivery of hydrocodone, possession with intent to deliver and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and six counts of conspiracy. The charges allege an informant purchased the drug from the couple in June. ν Summer Black, 30, of General Woods Drive for eight counts each of obtaining a controlled substance by fraudulent pretenses and obtaining additional controlled substances from a practitioner, also known as doctor shopping. The charges allege she obtained prescriptions for pain relievers from several different physicians and a dentist. An indictment by a grand jury is not a determination of guilt, only a finding that jurors felt there was enough evidence to allow the cases to come to trial.

Hammack said the recent indictments might just be the start. “Everyone on the detachment is working an active prescription drug case right now,” he said. “There will be more arrests and more indictments.”


Now, just to be real here, let me say that the pill problem is just going to keep on going as long as it’s legal for doctors and politicians to be involved, as long as people are willing to lie and cheat, and as long as the doctors make them available. But the police can do absolutely nothing, simply because they are the police, and there is scant respect for police around here. Especially from anyone who might be construed in some way to be “breaking the law”. They can arrest people all day long and scare a few and talk a few into being rats, but they can’t stop people from the DOING of it. Just the opposite actually. Just spend enough time being messed with by the cops and you are sure to want to do SOMETHING just to spite them…

So. I think it’s high time for people’s actual PEERS to stand up to them and say enough is enough. Not some preacher, or right-wing-goody-two-shoes granny in high heals and a business suit, but those folks who people just might actually look UP to, within their own “culture”. Those are the people that MIGHT get listened to and MIGHT be able to effect some real positive change. There’s much to be said for “shunning” (google it) and maybe it’s high time that more of us REAL folks start standing up to this nonsense once and for all.

Don’t wait for the cops to fix the problem, get involved yourself.

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  1. First blog I read after wakeup from sleep today!

    Are you tension? panic?

  2. So what about the ppl who actually need the pain meds that they are receiving?? I receive pain meds I have Osteoarthritis, Endometriosis, and Cancer. My Cancer thank God is one that is totally curable, but none the less I need my pain meds to be able to move and function on a daily basis. So are you saying that all pain meds be ripped from the pharmacies? I understand that ppl do abuse them, but for those who don’t they need not be punished. To me this post is out right criticism of EVERYONE who has to take a narcotic pain med in order to function as a human. I know my Dr. is a fantastic Roane Co Dr. She actually listens but slowly “the law” is taking that ability away from her. Then what are the true chronic pain suffers to do?? Have you ever had pain, pain so bad that you can’t even carry your own child or grand child? Can’t go for a walk and enjoy the fresh Spring air? For some ppl these pain meds actually make a real life possible. I undergo random drug tests from my Dr. I do not object b/c I am not a abuser I actually need my meds, to be a mother, and a functioning part of the Calhoun community. I would love a response to this comment. I will be checking back. BTW all pharmacies are linked together when a name and birth date and drivers licenses or SS# is entered which is mandatory they can see a print out of who is getting what and when they last received it and what Dr. gave it to them. So don’t you think that if a pharmacy goes ahead and fills all these prescriptions for these ppl who are Dr shopping don’t you think those pharmacies should be reprimanded somehow?

  3. Obviously this article is in response to:
    1. The illegal pill trade and the article written in the Roane paper about it.
    2. The over-prescribing and lack of monitoring by physicians.

    And obviously there are some people who have legitimate pain.

    A couple weeks ago, there was another death by overdose in Roane County. The culprit: morphine patches.
    How were they obtained?
    Stolen from grandma. Who probably needed them. But who was not well enough informed by her physician that if you HAVE a legitimate prescription for something you actually need, you HAVE to keep them under lock and key! No ifs ands or buts.

  4. who do you think profits off of spencers drug trade? LOL

    • Ultimately the pharmaceutical companies. Also there are some doctors who own STOCK in pharmaceuticals, and that should be illegal. ALSO, the doctors who once having prescribed something will keep you coming back continuously and they get paid every time. PLUS the community, which becomes a magnet for individuals who either need or want pills, due to the fact that it is obvious that it is increasingly easy to obtain a prescription.

      I see people all the time who have known and documented drug problems being able to obtain addictive drug prescriptions regularly. This is extremely common.

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