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RX Patrol is an initiative created by a pharmaceutical company called Purdue Pharma L.P.  It collects and disseminates pharmacy theft intelligence to law enforcement across the United States.  Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest President Eric Green says RX Patrol works in collaboration with Crime Stoppers to bring pharmaceutical thieves to justice. 

It provides the reward money offered in these cases. Green says that so far RX Patrol has paid out upwards of $5,000 in rewards through Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest. The collaborative effort is essential as prescription drug abuse continues to rise.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports prescription painkiller abuse has doubled in the past five years to nearly half a million.  

12 million Americans report using prescription drugs to get "high" or for non-medical reasons.  Also, the CDC says prescription drug abuse costs $72.5 billion dollars every in direct health care costs. 

The overall cost rise even further when one takes into consideration the cost of law enforcement resources allocated to pharmaceutical thefts.

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