WKYT Investigates: The wrath of the drug nicknamed 'Roxy'

LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - Police in London said pain pills remain the main problem in the city. Detective Jimmy Phelps has been working narcotics in the area for forty years. "We have all these different drug agencies within this county, but I promise you we can go five minutes in either direction and I'll buy you anything you want. We can get it for you," Phelps said.

And lately, the pill of choice is Roxicet. It's street name is "Roxy." The pills are sold for anywhere between $25 and $50 a tablet. "Whatever they're doing to get these pills, the profit outweighs the risk. And that's how they look at it," explained Phelps.

Phelps says the pills are coming in from different directions. The dealers doctor shop or buy off the black market, an impossible cycle to stop, Phelps said. "There's so many ways to obtain these things. It's a never-ending battle. Never, never going to end," Phelps said.

Phelps said Roxicet has replaced Oxycodone tablets, since changes to Oxycodone make it impossible to crush into a powder form. Roxicet can be crushed. "These people are crushing these things up, either snorting them or injecting them to the veins to get the immediate high," Phelps said.

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