Local pharmacies are reviewing security procedures following a robbery on Sunday at Walgreens on East Innes Street in Salisbury. Police say a man hopped the counter of the pharmacy with a gun and demanded prescription pills. Investigators say they have some leads in the case, but they have not yet made an arrest.
Joe Moose is part owner of Moose Pharmacy. Joe said, “It definitely is scary, and you get caught up in work, but there are a lot of things that we do day to day that keeps this in the forefront of our mind.”
The Walgreens that was robbed is just a couple of miles from the Moose Pharmacy in Salisbury. Joe said, “It (the robbery) says that it’s happening in our backyard and that nobody is immune to it, so as a business owner, I have to take care and protect my staff.”
Joe says the pharmacy can order electronically, so they can keep their stock of prescription drugs low and still get pills for patients who need them but have less of a supply on hand. And there’s also a federal and state database that allows them to check and see when someone may be hopping from one pharmacy to the next to get prescriptions filled.
Sgt. Michael Colvin with the Salisbury Police Department said, “It’s (prescription drug abuse is) something that all pharmacies need to be focusing on, because prescription pills are the new crack cocaine of this era.”
Police say pharmacy robberies are a crime that’s new to Salisbury, but they fear it could be a problem they become all too familiar with. Sgt. Colvin said, “One pill can go $40-80, just for a single pill, so it’s a good market out there.”
Joe Moose said, “The amount of these drugs that are out there and the amount of abuse with these drugs is phenomenal.”