Pharmacy Increases Security to Prevent Robberies - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

Pharmacy Increases Security to Prevent Robberies

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.

  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Spokane kicks off summer with annual 'Summer Parkways' event

    Spokane kicks off summer with annual 'Summer Parkways' event

    Thursday, June 21 2018 7:47 PM EDT2018-06-21 23:47:02 GMT
    Spokane Summer Parkways / FacebookSpokane Summer Parkways / Facebook

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane’s largest block party and celebration of outdoor events, Spokane Summer Parkways, will shut down 4 miles of streets on the South Hill Thursday evening. The event includes a variety of family friendly activities, such as yoga,dancing, jump rope, hula hoops and and more. People are allowed to bring their own equipment if they would like. All activities are free. The excitement goes from 6 to 9 p.m. The streets will 

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane’s largest block party and celebration of outdoor events, Spokane Summer Parkways, will shut down 4 miles of streets on the South Hill Thursday evening. The event includes a variety of family friendly activities, such as yoga,dancing, jump rope, hula hoops and and more. People are allowed to bring their own equipment if they would like. All activities are free. The excitement goes from 6 to 9 p.m. The streets will 

  • Punk rockers D.O.A. search for longtime backdrop stolen in Spokane

    Punk rockers D.O.A. search for longtime backdrop stolen in Spokane

    Thursday, June 21 2018 7:38 PM EDT2018-06-21 23:38:16 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Legendary punk rock band D.O.A. is asking for the Spokane community to keep an eye out after the band's van was broken into during a show at The Pin over the weekend.  D.O.A. was founded in 1977 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is considered one of the founders of the hardcore punk subgenre of music, along with other mainstays like Bad Brains and Black Flag.

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Legendary punk rock band D.O.A. is asking for the Spokane community to keep an eye out after the band's van was broken into during a show at The Pin over the weekend.  D.O.A. was founded in 1977 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is considered one of the founders of the hardcore punk subgenre of music, along with other mainstays like Bad Brains and Black Flag.

  • Obama, like Trump, grappled with family immigration

    Obama, like Trump, grappled with family immigration

    Thursday, June 21 2018 7:13 PM EDT2018-06-21 23:13:33 GMT

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The Trump administration isn't the first to grapple with the question of how to handle tens of thousands of immigrant families arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border. Four years ago, Barack Obama faced a similar crisis when record numbers of Central American immigrants fleeing violence began showing up at the border. Obama administration officials had to deal with the same court case the current administration began fighting Thursday, a day after President

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The Trump administration isn't the first to grapple with the question of how to handle tens of thousands of immigrant families arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border. Four years ago, Barack Obama faced a similar crisis when record numbers of Central American immigrants fleeing violence began showing up at the border. Obama administration officials had to deal with the same court case the current administration began fighting Thursday, a day after President

Powered by Frankly

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.