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Even Rockers Getting In On The Show for Prescription Drugs

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Yesterday I wrote about the alarming number of young people dying from prescription drug overdoses. Now, according to recent news, it appears that even super star rockers are trying to get their painkillers by any means possible. Rock band bassist Michael Todd of the band Coheed and Cambria was arrested just hours before a Sunday night show after attempting to steal prescription painkillers from a Mansfield, Massachusetts Walgreens.

Police allege that 30-year-old Todd showed a Walgreens pharmacist a note on his claiming that he had a bomb and demanding prescription drugs. Todd subsequently fled with six bottles of Oxycontin, taking a cab to the Comcast Center in Mansfield, where he was scheduled to play with the band. However, he was arrested before the show started and the band played without him.

Authorities tracked Todd down after receiving a witness description that helped them to identify the cab that drove Todd to the Comcast Center. A detective also sent a surveillance video of Todd at the Walgreens pharmacy to police, who were able to identify him at the concert. Todd initially denied involvement in the incident, but later changed his story when police confronted him with the surveillance footage. Todd is accused of robbery and is due in court on August 9. His bandmates say they take the charges very seriously, have replaced Todd with longtime band member Wes Styles, and will continue with their summer tour without him.