CVS installs time-delay safes at 66 R.I. pharmacy locations

CVS HEALTH Corp. has installed time-delay safes at 66 Rhode Island pharmacies to help bolster efforts prevent pharmacy robberies and the potential for associated diversion of controlled-substance medications. / GENE J. PUSKAR / ASSOCIATED PRESS

WOONSOCKET – CVS Health Corp. has installed time-delay safes at 66 Rhode Island pharmacies in a multistate rollout to combat pharmacy robberies and the potential for associated diversion of controlled-substance medications.

Eight hundred CVS Pharmacy locations in 13 states received the time-delay safe technology, the company announced on Wednesday. CVS locations in 45 states now use the safes.

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“Supporting law enforcement efforts in their battle against organized retail crime remains a key focus for our company,” said Thomas M. Moriarty, chief policy officer and general counsel CVS Health. “Criminal activities that organized retail crime rings fund are a clear danger to our communities, so it is important that retailers, law enforcement and political leaders work together to solve this problem. Time-delay safes can help reduce the theft and diversion of prescription medications and bring added security to our stores, which creates a safer environment for our customers, colleagues and communities.”

By electronically delaying the time it takes for pharmacy employees to open the safes, the devices are anticipated to benefit the safety and well-being of CVS Pharmacy patients, customers and employees.

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CVS first implemented time-delay safe technology in 2015 in CVS Pharmacy locations across Indianapolis, Ind., a city that was experiencing a high volume of pharmacy robberies at the time. The company saw a 70% decline in pharmacy robberies among the Indianapolis stores where time-delay safes had been installed.

Since then, the company has seen a 50% decline in thefts at CVS Pharmacy locations in other communities and states.

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