Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tracking stolen Rx
From Fox News:
Police in New York City plan to combat the theft of painkillers and other highly addictive prescription medicines by asking pharmacies around the city to hide fake pill bottles fitted with GPS devices amid the legitimate supplies on their shelves.
The New York Police Department believes the so-called "bait bottles" could help investigators track stolen drugs and locate suspects.
The NYPD has begun creating a database of the roughly 6,000 pharmacies in the New York City area with plans to have officers visit them and recommend security measures like better alarm systems and lighting of storage areas. Kelly says it also will ask them to stock the GPS bottles containing fake oxycodone.
"In the event of a robbery or theft, we'll be able to track the bottle, which may lead us to stash locations across the city," he says.
There have been similar attempts to track prescription drugs on a limited basis but the NYPD claims this would be the first widespread effort.