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CVS Pharmacy completes rollout of time delay safes in all of its Minnesota pharmacies

In this Aug. 7, 2018, file photo a CVS Pharmacy building sign rests on a Jackson, Miss., store. Photo: AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File
In this Aug. 7, 2018, file photo a CVS Pharmacy building sign rests on a Jackson, Miss., store.

May 09, 2019 01:17 PM

CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health, announced on Thursday that is has completed the rollout of time delay safes in all of its 140 CVS Pharmacy locations in Minnesota, including in Target stores, according to a release sent out by the company.

The release states the safes are anticipated to help prevent pharmacy robberies and the diversion of controlled substance narcotic medications by keeping them out of the hands of unauthorized individuals.

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In addition, the safes are believed to help CVS Pharmacy ensure the safety and well-being of its customers and employees, according to the release.

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The company says the time delay safes should help in detering pharmacy robberies -- including those involving opioid medications such as oxycodone and hydrocodone -- by electronically delaying the time it takes for pharmacy employees to be able to open the safe. These safes were first impleneted in Indianapolis, a city experiencing a high volume of pharamacy robberies in 2015. According to the release, the company saw a 70 percent decline in robberies after the time delay safes were installed.

The implementation of time delay safes across all CVS Pharmacy locations in Minnesota is among numerous measures that the company has put in place to help combat the misuse of prescription drugs. 

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