NYPD's Plan to Catch Drug Thieves: 'Bait Bottles'
GPS bottles will lead cops to stolen prescription medications
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2013 9:49 AM CST
In this photo taken May 26, 2010, several bottles of prescription medications including quetiapine, the chemical name for the drug Seroquel, sit arranged on a table.   (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)

(Newser) – How to fight the theft of prescription medications? New York City police have an idea: Stock pharmacies with fake pill bottles outfitted with GPS trackers. These "bait bottles," if stolen, could then help the NYPD zero in on suspects and their stashes of painkillers and other drugs, the AP reports. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly will unveil the plan today at a California health conference hosted by Bill Clinton's foundation.

Prescription drug abuse "can serve as a gateway to criminal activities, especially among young people," he says. "When pills become too expensive, addicts are known to resort to cheaper drugs such as heroin and cocaine. They turn to crime to support their habit." The growing black market for prescription drugs, and an associated increase in high-profile crimes related to the drugs, prompted the idea. NYPD officers will visit the roughly 6,000 pharmacies in the city, asking them to increase security and stock the "bait bottles."

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codeofharry
Jan 15, 2013 11:06 PM CST
this is such scumbaggery! Kinda like putting food out around starving people and arresting them for eating! Sir Douchery! Just like putting out a 3 thousand dollar bike in a poor neighborhood unlocked with the intention of catching the most desperate of people, who ironically wouldn't have committed a crime if temptation wasn't shoved into their faces and minds! This is the lowest of the low! There is absolutely no excuse for such tactics when people are denied basic healthcare, social services and medication(s) and then deliberately set up! SHAME! FOR SHAME! This is nothing but SHAMEFUL and SICK! Why not then set up the starving with food also? right? then you can lock the desperate and needy up and pretend you've caught someone! Assholes! Total douche nozzles! Makes me absolutely sick to my stomach! And you think this is up for debate? Fools and simpletons! Wake up! Hey Newser! Are you really that thick? Or are you just trying to set people up with your news story like the NYPD is with desperate people denied compassion? DUH! The great dumbing down of America! Congratulations Newser! You are now complicit with this pathetic excuse for a news story! Idiots!
BCS
Jan 15, 2013 10:26 PM CST
One could just empty the bottles into another container/bag. Just saying
WarmWeatherGuy
Jan 15, 2013 4:03 PM CST
I'm going to call bullshit on this. If this was their actual plan then they wouldn't advertise it. They probably came up with the idea and then realized that a GPS sensor that also transmits its location would be too large and expensive. So they changed their plan to one where they TELL everyone that they have this GPS plan, hoping people who steal drugs are too stupid to figure out what is actually going on and will be afraid to steal the pills.