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Keeping pharmacies secure

By Arnold Wyrick - bio | email

HERRIN, IL (KFVS) - Some local pharmacies are going to great lengths to prevent people from stealing controlled narcotics.

The folks at Logan Primary Pharmacy say the more addictive the drug, the more thieves want it.

"The higher likelihood that somebody can be addicted the higher the class it will become," said Pharmacist Ben Calcattera.

Calcattera says his pharmacy takes extra steps to secure controlled substances.

"The state law and the DEA require that we keep all class two controlled substances in a locked safe overnight while not in use during the day," Calcattera said.

"And we take things a step farther and look at any drug we deem saleable on the street or wanted by theft, we keep all those products locked in the safe," Calcattera added.

With all the extra steps pharmacies are taking thieves are getting bolder and entering the stores demanding the drugs.

"The safe keeping of our pharmacy staff is first and foremost So in a dangerous situation the last thing we want to do is to create more of a problem by trying to prevent the theft," Calcattera said.

Now the DEA is taking the tracking of controlled substances even farther, by installing RF-transmitter chips in the pill bottles.

They hope that will help track stolen drugs and tie suspects to pharmacy thefts.

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