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Opioid Theft: CVS Introduce Time delay safes In Texas Pharmacies

CVS Health said on Nov. 23 that it has completed the installation of time delay safes across all 851 CVS pharmacy locations in Texas, including those in Target stores. 

The time delay technology electronically delays the time it takes for pharmacy employees to open the safe, where controlled-substance medications are stored. The time delay function cannot be overridden and is meant to deter pharmacy robberies and the potential diversion of opioids

In 2015, the company introduced time delay safes across its pharmacy locations in Indianapolis, which was experiencing a high volume of pharmacy robberies at the time. CVS said there’s been a 70 percent decline in pharmacy robberies at the Indianapolis locations where the time delay technology was implemented. 

CVS has since rolled out the safes in 19 states and the District of Columbia, which has led to a 50 percent cut in robberies at pharmacies in those communities, according to a Nov. 23 news release.


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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