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Brooklyn Pharmacy Wants It Known - They Don't Sell Prescription Painkillers

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - A tragedy on Long Island is having an impact in Brooklyn.

WCBS 880's Alex Silverman In Brooklyn


You would think the message is clear enough at the Parkway Pharmacy on Chuch Avenue

There is a big, handwritten sign saying "This pharmacy no longer stocks Oxycodone / Oxycontin products."

"But that still doesn't stop people from coming in and asking," said owner Gene Roberts. "And everybody's on edge if somebody does come in. Somebody did come in the other day, and the first thing he said was 'I saw the sign outside, but I have a legit prescription.'"

He says he actually hasn't carried the pain pills for two years.

"And the reason we posted the sign, of course, was what happened in Medford," he told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman. "My wife made up the signs because she was worried about her husband and everything."

It's just not worth it, he says.

"Through the last couple years out of 100 prescriptions, I'd have to say maybe ten are legit and 90 are phony," he said.

Roberts says he's never had a hold up, but, "I live in Staten Island and I happen to live next to another independent [pharmacy] and he got robbed twice. So, he has a sign now."

He says he just wants to protect his employees and his customers.

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