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Walgreens puts Oxycontin into safes

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Robberies for OxyContin are so common that Walgreens has installed time-delayed safes in its 114 pharmacies across the state to hold the powerful painkiller.

The security devices take several minutes to open, halting immediate access to the prescription drug.

That wait gives law enforcement more time to arrive, and also means that security cameras installed in all Walgreens store will get better pictures of robbers.

Walgreens said Oxycontin robberies in Washington are the most in the nation for the company. The safes were activated Saturday.