Theft has been a major issue involved in the ever-growing opioid crisis in America. People are legally prescribed opioid painkillers by their physicians, and find, very often, that they become addicted.
Well, they often can’t return to their doctor for another prescription, so are they forced to hit the streets in search of their next fix. However, the drugs aren’t free, and many who become dependent quickly realize they can’t afford to keep using. But the drug has taken hold and many cannot stop.
So they begin to sell their own possessions – until they run out. Then the now addicts turn to crime – to theft. And many times, the brick and mortar retail store pays the price of that theft.
from Zero Hedge:
“Happening Everywhere In Retail” – Home Depot Links Surge In Thefts To Opioid Crisis
The opioid crisis is evolving and is now becoming a burden on retailers, as addicts race to brick and mortar stores, hoping to steal merchandise, and if successful, sell it on the street or pawn it for cash to pay for their next fix.