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Pharmacy Increases Security to Prevent Robberies

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Several stores, like the Medicine Man Pharmacy, have stopped keeping a supply of drugs like Oxycontin on hand in an effort to keep pharmacy employees and customers safe Several stores, like the Medicine Man Pharmacy, have stopped keeping a supply of drugs like Oxycontin on hand in an effort to keep pharmacy employees and customers safe
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Several stores have stopped keeping a supply of drugs like Oxycontin on hand in an effort to keep pharmacy employees and customers safe.

The Medicine Man Pharmacies in Idaho now have signs posted both on the door outside and behind that counter that read, "For the safety of our customers and staff this pharmacy does not have Oxycontin." Since the change, the Medicine Man Pharmacies have not had another robbery. KHQ asked customers what they thought about the policy.

"As long as they're available for the people who need them some place else that's fine, but as far as me being safe, I don't feel any different," said pharmacy customer Denny Herron.

The whole point of the change is to keep customers and employees safe at work. The downside of the change though is that customers now have to call a day in advance if they need a prescription for this drug. When they call ahead, the pharmacy then picks it up from an off-site location.

Other pharmacies, like Walgreens, continue to keep the drug on hand for customers, but they cannot call ahead. The store keeps the medication in special safes with time locks that take several minutes to open.

Some customers think it is frustrating that pharmacies now have to go to these lengths to keep people safe.

"It doesn't make me feel comfortable that way," said pharmacy Rob Johnson. "If they're not robbing this place, they're probably robbing some place else."

The problem also affects more than just pharmacy employees. KHQ also spoke to a woman who changed pharmacy locations because she was at the Rite Aid on division right before it was robbed last week.

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