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    Tuesday, January 7 2014 3:06 PM EST2014-01-07 20:06:17 GMT
    KHQ.COM - On Saturday, January 4th, 2014, at about 3:30 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Tim Greenfield responded to Sav-On Pharmacy inside of the Albertson's store at 12312 N. Division on a robbery call.
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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for information leading to the arrest of a woman that they say is behind three recent pharmacy robberies. The cash reward is being put up by Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest and a program called RX Patrol.            

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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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Restoration efforts are underway after a mile-long road was bulldozed reportedly without permission in the High Drive Bluff. Patrick Keegan is with Friends of the Bluff. He has been coming down to the area that was bulldozed nearly every other day with his backpack full of four gallons of water. That’s because more than 900 tree seedlings have been planted to restore what was taken down.

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    CHELSEA, Mass. (AP) - Police in Massachusetts are crediting a huge stuffed cow with saving 2-year-old boy who fell out of a second-story window and onto concrete below. It happened Wednesday in Chelsea.  Police say the boy was playing in a bedroom with his 12-year-old sister and bouncing on the bed when he bounced right out of the window. He fell 16 feet (4 meters) onto the concrete. Luckily, he was holding onto the cow, which broke his fall.     ...

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