CVS Phar­macy com­pletes time de­lay safes roll­out

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CVS Phar­macy, the re­tail divi­sion of CVS Health, an­nounced in a press re­lease it has com­pleted the roll­out of time de­lay safes in all of its 228 CVS Phar­macy lo­ca­tions in Mary­land. The safes will help pre­vent phar­macy rob­beries and com­bat the on­go­ing opi­oid epi­demic by help­ing to pre­vent di­ver­sion of con­trolled sub­stance nar­cotic med­i­ca­tions by keeping them out of the hands of unau­tho­rized in­di­vid­u­als. In ad­di­tion, the safes will help CVS Phar­macy en­sure the safety and well-be­ing of its cus­tomers and em­ploy­ees.

Con­trolled sub­stance nar­cotic med­i­ca­tions that are sought af­ter by rob­bers, such as oxy­codone and hy­drocodone, are now stored in time de­lay safes in every CVS Phar­macy in the state. Time de­lay safes help de­ter phar­macy rob­beries by elec­tron­i­cally de­lay­ing the time it takes for phar­macy em­ploy­ees to be able to open the safe. CVS Phar­macy first im­ple­mented time de­lay safes in In­di­anapo­lis, a city ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a high vol­ume of phar­macy rob­beries, in 2015. The com­pany saw a 70 per­cent de­cline in phar­macy rob­beries among the In­di­anapo­lis stores where the time de­lay safes had been in­stalled, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

The time de­lay func­tion can­not be over­rid­den and is de­signed to serve as a de­ter­rent to would-be phar­macy rob­bers whose goal is to en­ter and exit their rob­bery tar­gets as quickly as pos­si­ble. All CVS Phar­macy lo­ca­tions with time de­lay safes dis­play highly-vis­i­ble sig­nage to in­form the pub­lic that time de­lay safes are in use to pre­vent on-de­mand ac­cess to con­trolled sub­stance nar­cotics.

In ad­di­tion, the com­pany’s Phar­ma­cists Teach pro­gram brings CVS Phar­ma­cists to schools across the coun­try to talk to stu­dents and par­ents about the dan­gers of pre­scrip­tion drug abuse. More than 405,000 stu­dents across the coun­try, in­clud­ing more than 5,600 in Mary­land, have par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram, the re­lease states. CVS Health has also com­pleted in­stal­la­tion of 19 safe med­i­ca­tion dis­posal units in CVS Phar­macy stores in Mary­land, in ad­di­tion to the three units it has do­nated to Mary­land law en­force­ment agen­cies. CVS has also worked to in­crease ac­cess to the opi­oid over­dose-re­ver­sal drug nalox­one.

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