Compating Opioid Theft

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, right, addresses a news conference on a new anti-opioid initiative by CVS. The company’s Tom Moriarty is on the left Monday, June 7, 2021, in Marietta, Ga.

MARIETTA, Ga. — One of the nation’s leading drug store chains is expanding an initiative aimed at the opioid epidemic in Georgia.

CVS Health announced Monday it has finished installing time-delay safes at all 355 of its Georgia pharmacy locations, including those in Target stores.

The safes, now in use in 18 states and the District of Columbia, have driven significant declines in robberies at CVS pharmacies.

The time-delay function, which cannot be overridden, electronically delays the time it takes for pharmacy employees to open a safe, deterring would-be robbers trying to get in and out of stores as quickly as possible.

“We’ve seen smash-and-grab crimes all over the state,” Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said Monday during a news conference at a CVS store near Marietta. “We must have innovative solutions in place to stop controlled substances from getting into the wrong hands.”

“The opioid challenge is complicated,” added Tom Moriarty, chief policy officer and general counsel at CVS Health. “But with each resource and partnership, we take another step.”

Moriarty said CVS also has installed nearly 4,000 disposal units for unwanted medicines at its pharmacies across the country, including 135 in Georgia. The company has donated an additional 37 of the units to local police departments across the state.

Together, the Georgia units have collected 63,000 pounds of unwanted and expired medicines.

CVS also provides volunteer pharmacists to teach students about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs. The Pharmacists Teach Program has reached more than 17,000 Georgia students thus far, Moriarty said.

All CVS locations in Georgia with time-delay safes display visible signage to discourage would-be thieves.

Dave Williams is the bureau chief of the Capitol Beat News Service.

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