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State Begins Tracking Pharmacy Heists

There have been at least 74 thefts at Indiana pharmacies this year.

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A special group of investigators is looking into why pharmacies are an increasingly popular target for thieves.

The state is now keeping tabs on pharmacy robberies after what appears to be a rash of them this year.

Indiana Pharmacy Board Director Greg Pachmayr says from January through August of this year, there have been at least 74 pharmacy store heists. Pachmayr says it is the first year drug store thefts have been tracked and officials are trying to determine is there’s a link to prescription drug abuse.

Scott Watson of Heartland Intervention, a group which helps treat drug and alcohol addiction, says there’s a clear link.

“One of the things that we know is that drug addicts don‘t really care whether they‘re breaking the law and so whether they‘re breaking into pharmacies or robbing people, that‘s not a huge concern to them,” Imus says.

Pachmayr says six inspectors statewide work with law enforcement in their efforts to ensure patient safety.

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