Armed Robbery with Knife: Robber Demands Opana ER at Pharmacy Counter at Walgreens in Glen Ellyn


Glen Ellyn police alerted area police departments Monday of an armed robbery at Walgreens, 324 Roosevelt Road, near Roosevelt and Lambert Road that occurred about 12:30 p.m. Monday. A man displayed a four inch knife and demanded the pain killer Opana ER.

The offender was described as a male/white, about 30-years-old, 5’10” 185 LBS to 200 LBS, with unshaven stubble. He was described wearing a black baseball cap and a dark blue sweatshirt and blue sweatpants. He was last seen leaving on foot.

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Google Street view of Glen Ellyn Walgreens at Roosevelt Road and Lambert Road.

Opana ER is an extended-release form of oxymorphone, which in other forms is administered as a hydrochloride salt via injection, or suppository. Endo Pharmaceuticals is the major distributor of oxymorphone throughout the world and currently markets oxymorphone in the United States and elsewhere as Opana and Opana ER. Combined with alcohol, Opana ER has wide ranging effects because of fluctuating blood plasma levels.

The medication is indicated for pain. It is similar to morphine and heroin with less side effects. It is psychologically and physiologically addictive with short-lived euphoric effects.

Opana is available as 5 mg and 10 mg tablets; Opana ER, the extended-release form of oxymorphone, is available as tablets in strengths of 5 mg,10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, and 40 mg.

Slang terms for oxymorphone include: blues, biscuits, blue heaven, new blues (although the immediate-release tablets are pink and off-white), octagons (extended release), [strength] octagons, stop signs, pink, pink heaven, biscuits (shared nickname with Dilaudid tablets, meprobamate tablets, or formerly Quaaludes), pink heaven, pink lady, Mrs O, Orgasna IR, OM, Pink O, The O Bomb (by analogy to the slang term for hydromorphone “H Bomb”).

Opana ER is a Schedule II controlled substance, which is a drug with a high potential for abuse with currently accepted medical use — sometimes with severe restrictions. Drugs in Schedule II can lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

Schedule I drugs have high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Heroin is a Schedule I controlled substace. Morphone and oxymorphone are Schedule II controlled substances.

Citizens with information about the crime are asked to call Glen Ellyn Police Department at 630-469-1187.

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