Cobb County

Pharmacy chain has found new way to store prescription drugs to help prevent theft

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Several CVS pharmacies in the metro area are rolling out a new technology to help stop drug theft in their stores.

CVS officials say addicts will break into anything to get what they want.

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“A byproduct of the opioid epidemic is pharmacy robbery,” said CVS Health Chief Strategy Officer Tom Moriarty. “They’ve escalated dramatically over the last several years and as a result of that, this technology makes a meaningful difference.”

The pharmacies are rolling out a new medication safe with electronic time delays. Once pharmacists open the safe to retrieve the medication they need for customers in a certain period of time, the safe cannot be opened again.

If someone comes into the store to steal prescription drugs, no one will have the ability to open it.


“It’s critically important to have these time delay safes to help protect those behind the counter and prevent medication from getting into the wrong hands,” Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr.

CVS has rolled out these safes in other states with great success. Some have even reported a 70% decrease in pharmacy robberies since deploying the safes.