A new program to enhance security is coming to pharmacies across the province.
To address the rise in pharmacy robberies Drug Safe BC now requires all community pharmacies to store narcotic drugs in a time-delayed safe.
“Think of the theory, similarly in a bank and similarly in a pharmacy there’s enough money or drugs out for the banker or pharmacist to do their business but the bulk of the narcotics that would be kept in storage they are in a time secured safe.”
Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer says the number of pharmacies in BC have increased dramatically.
“In 85% of the robberies people are wearing disguises. They’re going after narcotics such as oxycontin, morphine, percocet and fentanyl.”
BC becomes the first province to mandate these new security requirements.