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NY Post: Pet Owners Resort to Intentionally Harming Their Animals to Get Drugs

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By    |   Monday, 16 Jan 2017 05:28 PM

People are injuring their pets on purpose in order to obtain painkiller drugs, the New York Post reports.

The paper writes about the painkiller Tramadol, which is prescribed to both humans and animals. At the wholesale level, they cost less than $25 for 1,000 pills, the Post reports.

The low price, coupled with the nation's opioid epidemic, has some people taking drastic measures to get their hands on the painkiller. That includes, according to the Post, a Kentucky woman who sliced her dog's leg open with a razor on two occasions in order to obtain Tramadol.

In another case, authorities in Portland, Ore. found 100,000 pills and 17 dogs living in poor conditions.

The growing problem has veterinarians on high alert and watching for the signs of potential animal abuse. In the Kentucky case, the female suspect visited her vet three times — once for the first injury to her dog, again to obtain more pills after she claimed her child flushed them down the toilet (it was later discovered she had no children), and again for another injury. The vet picked up on the scam and called the police, and the woman was arrested.

"It's an area that allows drug seekers to fly under the radar," Jim Arnold of the DEA told the Post. "We know it's happening, but I wouldn't be surprised if there's a lot more activity than we're aware of."

A recent study showed that drug overdose deaths have spiked sharply over the last 15 years, with heroin and the synthetic painkiller Fentanyl causing the most deaths.

West Virginia has the most deaths caused by drug overdoses, and it was recently uncovered that drug companies flooded the state with 782 million Hydrocodone and Oxycodone pills over the last six years.

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