Negele and Siegrist: Local lawmakers’ bill to curb pharmacy robberies passes key committee

Posted by: Zach Weismiller & Jessica Baker  | Wednesday, February 8, 2017 5:30 pm

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 8, 2017) — The House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code today passed a bill increasing penalties for stealing prescription drugs from pharmacies in Indiana.

State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) authored the legislation and was joined by State Rep. Sally Siegrist (R-West Lafayette) on the proposal to help reduce the number of drug store robberies.

“Indiana currently leads the nation in pharmacy robberies, with 175 incidents occurring in 2015 alone,” Negele said. “By increasing penalties for stealing prescription drugs, we can help protect pharmacy staff and provide law enforcement with additional tools to reduce the number of robberies. Many communities have felt the devastating effects of Indiana’s drug epidemic, so it’s critical we find new ways to target violent dealers and keep illicit prescription drugs out of the hands of addicts.”

House Bill 1312 would increase the penalty for stealing prescription drugs from a pharmacy to a Level 4 felony. If the individual uses a deadly weapon or causes bodily harm to another person during the robbery, the offense would be enhanced to a Level 2 felony. If the robbery results in serious bodily harm, the offense would be a Level 1 felony.

“Our community, as well as the state, suffers from a serious opioid and prescription drug abuse epidemic,” Siegrist said. “We must take preventative steps against violent criminals looking to profit from prescription drug addiction by targeting pharmacies.”

Negele and Siegrist’s bill will now go to the full House for consideration.

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State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) represents all of Benton County, and portions of
Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties.

A high-resolution photo of Negele can be downloaded by clicking here.

State Rep. Sally Siegrist (R-West Lafayette) represents portions of Tippecanoe County.

A high-resolution photo of Siegrist can be downloaded by clicking here.