Scary trip to the pharmacy

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Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 10/21/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Let me tell you CPers I have never been so frightened in my entire life!!!  Okay so here is the story.  I went to take my 2 scripts to my usual pharmacy.  One was for my Kadian and the other was for my percocet.  Well, the pharmacy could not fill one until Monday and I just cannot wait that long without my big pain med....you all know how painful it is with the meds and I've been without before and I refuse to go through the pain and the withdrawls that long as well has many of you.   Okay so the pharmacist calls around to see if anyone else had enough to fill it and they told me that Wal-mart had 100 of the 120 that I needed.  Better then going without right???
 
Anyway, I hand the wal-mart pharmacist my Kadian script and left for an hour so that they could get it filled.  When I returned to get it there was some creapy guy behind me and I swear he must have heard what the pharmacist was saying to me cause he followed me out of the store!  I booked it as fast as I could (Knee is still acting up! So I can't go that fast) to my car, got in and locked the doors.  He disappeared and I took a deep breath of relief and headed for home, having gotten all of the meds that I needed.
 
I was sitting at a light getting ready to turn two blocks from home and I look in the rear view and THERE HE IS!!!!  Now my heart is pounding so fast that I can barely think.  I musta drove around and around on different side streets for ten minutes before I finally lost him.  Gawd talk about scared!!!!  I come in the door of my house...lock the doors behind me and I'm still shaking!
 
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   Posted 10/21/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Scarred, next time that happens if you are in a populated place, do not get in your car. If you can't quickly go back inside, find someone in the parking lot and walk with them back into the store and find security. If someone is following you in a vehicle, drive straight to the police department. There are a lot of strange people out there that will hurt you to get their hands on that medication.
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   Posted 10/21/2009 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
OMG!!! That sounds like something that happened to me a few years ago..I was at the pharmacy, getting my Methadone and Lortab 10's, when I noticed these 2 guys in the pharmacy just meandering around...Now, this was a mom and pop pharmacy, no other reason to be there unless you were getting a script filled...Luckily they had a guard outside....When I left the pharmacy those guys were standing in the parking lot and I was afraid to walk to my car...The SG was just standing there so I went up to him and just stood there talking to him until they got tired of waiting....So I left and I didn't go straight home either....I was thinking they are following me....It was a mess...so was I.

So, I understand what you are talking about...They have had stories in the local paper here about old people having there scripts stolen from them right out in front of the pharmacy....It's amazing what people will do to get your pills...
I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
 
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   Posted 10/21/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I got followed from my physical therapy about 2 weeks ago, really scared the heck outta me..
I would make turns without using my blinker and he'd follow..I ended up at Kroger's pharmacy with them calling
the police and got a police escort home..it is very scary, next time call the police with your cell phone in your car...
I posted it in the depression forum...
You are safe now, so take a deep breath and try not to let it keep you scared..
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Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 10/21/2009 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
See that's the thing; I made a huge mistake and didn't take my cell phone with me, which I will never ever make that mistake again!! My neighbor works for the PD, she is a dispatcher and I told her and she called in have a patrol car circle our block for that extra safe feeling as well. She told me I did the right thing by getting to my car and the guy didn't follow me to my car and disappeared. I don't think in a so well lighted area (it was morning when this happened) and with so many people around he would have tried anything, but he really rattled me when he showed up behind me in a rusty old truck three min. later when I was getting ready to turn onto the street two blocks from home.
He finally quit the following when I stopped in front of the police station and I was going to go in and tell them but....what if I was wrong and he was just going the same direction I was? I mean it wasn't like I was turning without my blinker on or it was a chase around the city. I didn't take any wierd turns or anything like that it just scared me that he was behind me after following me out of wal-mart. I don't want to go accusing someone of something that wasn't true ya know?

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   Posted 10/21/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
Red's advice is right on. Never mind being afraid to tell the police and that you might be wrong. Better safe than sorry. And don't assume things don't occur in broad daylight - they do. People desperate for drugs will do a lot of things. And you never know their mental state at the time.

I'm glad your called your friend at the PD. Hopefully, she made a report. If it was me I'd also go back to that WalMart (I'm getting some of my scripts there now, too, because of the price and not having any insurance) and tell them what happened. The pharmacy needs to be more careful - and they should be guarding privacy anyway, but they need to be especially careful with narcotic scripts. Although as I say, your privacy should be guarded if you're getting an antibiotic. Doesn't matter. They should have an area you can walk up to without someone being right around you, they should speak quietly, point to things instead of speaking the name of the script out loud., etc. They should be doing these things anyway. This might give them a heads up.

And especially if they know you made a police report (and if your friend didn't I would ask to file one) Wal Mart may not like having any bad press.

Glad you're home safe!

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   Posted 10/21/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
 
   Dear Scarred,
 
      I am so glad you are safe!!!!!  Red is right... I would rather you call 911 and be wrong. Holy cow!! What people will do these days to get their hands on meds!! I read in the paper the other day that perscription med abuse has sky rocketed above even the number of illicit drugg users, can you believe it?!?! I sure hope that guy gets a big dose of kharma! What a #2 head!
 
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merrygirl
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   Posted 10/21/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG that is so scary. I am glad you are ok. This is a good reminder for all of us to be more careful!

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Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 10/21/2009 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been followed so many times out of the pharmacy it's just crazy. And it isnt unual for people to get followed and the person disappears and reappears later, so I would be extra careful about keeping the doors and windows locked and not answering the door to any strangers. Somepeople out thier will do some very crazy things and have become perfessional at robbing people, it's very scary. I hear stories aobut it all the time on the news, espcailly my local news since this seems to be a big thing around here.

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merrygirl
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   Posted 10/21/2009 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
wow. this thread disturbs me.

I just told my hubby we need to be more careful leaving the pharmacy.

I dont think
I have ever noticed anyone following me. from now on I am checking.

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Boxerlover
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   Posted 10/21/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   

Wow, very scary.  I had a similiar thing happen. I too was at a mom and pop pharmacy and while waiting, this guy started a conversation with me.  I am usually friendly and talked with him while we wait.  They called his name and he left then after about 5 minutes came back and started just kind of wandering around.  he talked to me again and then they called me up and I noticed he was waiting for me so when they asked if I had any questions for the pharmacist I said yes. I had actually needed some info so I asked her and she asked of I could wait while she printed some info for me and I said yes.  I saw that he was still waiting so after she gave me the info I immediately picked me cell phone and pretended to call someone.  I walked to my car pretending to talk and noticed he followed me out.  I quickly left the parking lot and thank goodness the pharmacy is on a busy street. I zoomed across 3 lanes of traffic and made the turn at the light and he got the red.  I looked in my rear view mirror the whole way home and zig zagged on different streets.

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   Posted 10/21/2009 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
All the more reason to drive through the pharmacy window, lol.

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   Posted 10/21/2009 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
How frightening! Thank goodness you all are safe!

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Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 10/23/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
You know GC I just started using the drive-up window at my regular pharmacy. I hate to say it but I have since started locking my doors and keeping my meds in a place where I don't usually keep them. I brought them up from downstairs in the safe because it was getting to the point where I could not go down to get them when I needed them. But...here's the deal I haven't seen that truck since that day, there are so many cars exactly like mine, so unless he wrote down my plate he's not going to know its my car. The other thing is I did inform walmart that they needed to be more careful about who hears the info and I have put a police report in. My friend had already put the info into the cops and they needed some info from me.

My neighbors check on me twice a day now so I feel safer and hubby is bringing home another bigger safe for his guns so that he can move the one downstairs upstairs into the spare bedroom where it will be easier for me to keep them safe and me safe as well. I hate having to be this paranoid but geez there are some cookoos out there that you never know and can't trust anyone any more.

What a world we live in huh?


Hugsssss family and thank you for your concern:-)

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Tirzah
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   Posted 10/23/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
That is so crazy. Maybe it doesn't happen out in the small towns like yours, but around here some of those creepy people will mark their calendars for 30 days out & will show up at the pharmacy again on that day looking for the person they know gets pain meds. So if you have to go back to Wal-Mart again next month, be extra careful about who is around you. Around here, they wait in the parking lots stalking patients. It's totally crazy, but they figure out that most pain patients have to always fill at the same pharmacy & always 30 days apart & they plan their days around that.

Please be careful, my friend, and make sure you take your cell with next time to be extra safe (& maybe hubby too if he can come with you:).

peace,
frances

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   Posted 10/24/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
My neighbor had her purse stolen recently after leaving the pharmacy. She said the guy looked like a guy she had noticed in line the month before when she was picking up her pain meds. The police gave her the following advice:

Since you don't have much control about the day you pick up your meds, vary the time as much as possible. Go as early as you can one month, then early evening (with an escort) the next month, and middle of the day the next month. This way, your schedule is hard to predict and store employees/security may notice someone hanging around all day. Don't drive home the same way every time. Take a different car if you can.

OnTheRocks
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   Posted 10/24/2009 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never had this kind of an experience. Granted, I live in Iowa (everyone stereotypes that as a bunch of cornfields and pigs, but I live in a well-developed urban area) and the crime rate around where I live is practically non-existent, so that probably helps.

Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 10/25/2009 2:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Yea, these people have become very good at what they do, and alot of times they're not alone in their hunts for people at the pharmacy, they usually have a partner or 2 in diffrent cars from what I've seen and heard. Well atleast for me, I've been going to the same pharmacy since I was 13 years old so they know me very well, and like today when I went in for a refill on my Suboxone, all I said was I need my normal 2 week medication and they know exactly what I was talking about (my insurance will only pay for my subs every 14 days) so their's no names of medications being heard. I actually feel more unsafe in the drivethru then going inside cause of the way it's setup at my pharmacy.

And my pahrmacy is very good at keeping an eye out for people acting suspicious cause they've seen it all and are pretty good at spotting out the bad ones. So far I havent been robbed which is quite a surprise sometimes considering the neighborhood I live but I'm also pretty good at making myself seem invisible which I think has kept me safe.

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   Posted 10/25/2009 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I read your atory and ot really scared me. I am so glad you are safe. I never think about things like that happening your story reminds me tohave more caution when picking up my meds and be more aware of my surroundings. Thank you for sharing. You got tons of great adviece that is why I love this site.
 
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