With the rapidly growing field of technology, it only makes sense that we use technology for the greater good. Police officers have technological equipment that they can use in the pursuit of justice. However, now citizens of Pennsylvania can use their technologies to assist officers in fighting crime. The DEA has initiated a counter attack on the rapidly growing crime of prescription drug use by setting up a texting line for anonymous tips when someone is in drug possession of prescription painkillers.
It has now been found that more people are dying from overdosing on prescription pain pills than from heroin or cocaine. To use the tip line, citizens should send RXTIP as well as a description of the incident to the number 847411, which for memory's purpose is Tip411. The system then allows the text to be sent to the police department so that they can act.
Once the text has been sent, the sender's phone number is removed so that the tip line remains anonymous. The system allows the DEA to respond to the text while retaining sender anonymity. The tip line is expected to be a great help in combating the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
Pennsylvania police officers do the best that they can, but they cannot be in every place at every time. This texting tip line allows the citizens to help prevent prescription drug possession. If citizens use the tip line, not only would they be assisting law enforcement officers in catching someone who is breaking the law, but also they could be potentially saving that person's life by preventing fatal overdose.
Source: philly.com, "Philly DEA launches prescription drug fraud texting tip line," David Sell, June 27, 2013