That's a lot of friggin' pills
According to the Press Herald, the suspect was holding about a 1,000 oxycontin. I wonder how many different dealers -- I mean Doctors -- the Oxy came from? Or how many bottles are needed to store that many pills? Or do you keep 'em in baggies? But most importantly, how does someone hold on to that many pills? Often, people learn of a pill bust and write to me to say "it's just like in Sex, Drugs and Blueberries." Well, in my novel, Ben and Richard and Ganeesh cruise around Washington County, visiting poverty-stricken friends and relatives, buying pills at wholesale black market prices with the plan to re-sell to dealers in southern Maine.
In real life, there are parts of Maine where people will keep a cancer diagnosis secret from loved ones, 'cuz they don't want anyone to know they have pain meds in the medicine cabinet. And while I was still living in Washington County, my dear mother passed away. Coming home after the funeral, I was approached by a dude who wanted to let me know if there were any excess meds laying around, he could move 'em for me. And make some cash. At the time, I was shocked. One of those rare instances when I didn't have a retort. Of course now I would claim that this is what I said. "Listen, punk, if anyone is gonna make any Franklins off my dead mother's pharmies, it's gonna be my dad."
Meanwhile, while the Oxy and Bath salts epidemic continue to grow, more truth about ganja is revealed. Turns out, smoking a joint ain't nothing like smoking a government-approved, cancer-causing, ciggy butt. Don't be surprised, in the days to come, with more and more news about the health benefits of the sweet grass. Since Cali legalized medical marijuana in 1996, tons of medical research has been devoted to cannabis. Studies are being published almost daily, now that scientists can run tests without fear of storm troopers knocking down laboratory doors. We'll be seeing more ailments being cured or managed with herbal treatments. Pain. Autism. Cancer. Depression. Anxiety. And more. But Big Pharma and their bitches in Congress wanna keep it a secret, so the sick and suffering can buy their pills and potions, instead of relying upon Momma Nature's bounty and beauty. Gonna be a battle. A real drug war.