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CVS Pharmacies introduce time delay safes to deter drug store robberies

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We continue to look for and report on solutions to the ongoing opioid epidemic.  Now a national drug chain is trying to do it's part.

CVS Pharmacies have rolled out new time-delay safes, that make it harder to rob the pharmacy.  

It may seem like a small step but it's proven to be a significant move to keep drugs off the streets.

You could call it a public - private partnership that could go a long way in fighting the opioid epidemic one state at a time.

CVS Pharmacies all over Ohio have begun using "time-delay safes" to lock-up the drugs in demand on the streets.

21 News was not allowed to take pictures of the safe for obvious security reasons.  But they're a new tool in the war on drugs, now in 329 Ohio pharmacies to discourage drug store robberies that target opioids for illegal sale and use on the streets.

Tim Curry, the Divisional Asset Protector for CVS Pharmacies says, "Typically it's things such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, so yes controlled substances."

There are signs posted prominently in CVS stores warning the bad guys that if the pharmacist is forced to try and open the drug safe the code when entered, immediatley goes to a "time delay."  That means a criminal can not just get in and get out.

Bill Cuffari, the CVS Pharmacies District Leaders says, "It's important to our communities because it's a channel of opioid medications now cut off to them to have access to."

CVS is installing these time-delayed safes in all of their pharmacies state by state and it's an effort to keep drugs off the street and their employees safe.

"The first rollout we did was in Indianapolis.  At that point in time Indianapolis was ranked number one in pharmacy robberies throughout the nation.  We implemented it in approximately 168 stores in Indianapolis at that time and our robberies dropped by over 70 percent in that market," Curry said.

In fact, in three major Ohio cities drug store robberies have dropped by 50 percent since installing the safes, according to CVS management.

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