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Suffolk Police to Announce Pharmacy Safety Initiative

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber will hold a press conference tomorrow at Police Headquarters to announce a comprehensive program that will focus on pharmacy safety.

The department’s three-pronged Pharmacy Safety Initiative is being launched to help protect members of our community and pharmacy personnel against potential robberies. The program also focuses on training law enforcement and pharmacy employees to help decrease robberies, illegal drug use and abuse.

The three-pronged approach consists of:

  •  Training of police and pharmacy personnel
  •  Increased Crime Stoppers reward for pharmacy robbery arrests
  •  Raising Community Awareness of Operation Medicine Cabinet

In attendance will be Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber, Chief of Department James Burke, and Long Island Pharmacists Society President Joanne Hoffman Beechko.

This conference to Announce Pharmacy Safety Initiative will take place at Suffolk County Police Headquarters, 30 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank, NY 11980; Monday, January 9, 2012 at 11 a.m.


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4 comments to Suffolk Police to Announce Pharmacy Safety Initiative

  • chris

    What a steaming pile of horse mounds. What is this going to accomplish? A big fat nothing. Drug addicts are going to do any and everything to try and get opiates. What needs to be done is the removal of all opiates from local pharmacies. Assign a pharmacist trained DARE/Police Smart officer to dispense the narcotic directly from precincts. Nah…never happen.

  • mcrocker

    encourage pharmacists to arm themselves and put a few ‘adventure seekers’ out of commission. it is b/s to make someone who has a legitimate need for pain medicine (i.e. recent knee replacement) to be treated like a criminal. solve the problem, don’t create a new one.

  • Anonymous

    same old hateful and limited people talking to each other on vt.

  • Anonymous in Huntington

    I recently suffered extraordinary back pain (from a previous car accident) and needed to go through a series of procedures by a pain doctor before I got pain relief. During the treatment period, I needed to take opiate pain killers, since over-the-counter medications did nothing. (Actually, even the pain killers did not provide complete relief.) The only other time I ever took pain killers was when I got my wisdom teeth pulled.

    The pain killers were prescribed by a local medical doctor who has been treating me for 10 years, and it was utterly shocking and humiliating when I was treated like a drug addict by pharmacy staff at a large local retail chain pharmacy. (I was not treated that way at a smaller local pharmacy.) Even more amazingly, staff at the pain doctor’s office (the doctor performing the procedures) required me to take a urine test. They explained, in not so many words, that a few bad apples had spoiled it for everyone else, and that the doctor had to “cover” himself. I can’t tell you how distressing and humiliating these experiences were.

    Pain clinics exist because there are people who SUFFER from chronic pain. While they are undergoing treatment, these people may need pain medication. These people are already suffering, and then they are treated like drug addicts?! They should not be presumed “guilty” and required to prove their “innocence.” Why should a legitimate pain sufferer be further humiliated by requiring them to go to a police station to get medication? Anyone suggesting such has obviously never experienced chronic pain.

    Of course we want pharmacists and pharmacy customers to be safe. Why not use a commonsense approach and install bulletproof glass, rather than treating innocent, law-abiding citizens like low lifes?

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