Purdue Pharma Creates Free Video to Help Prevent Pharmacy Crime

With the rash of pharmacy robberies and hold-ups stemming from the rise in prescription drug abuse and addiction, Purdue Pharma L.P. and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) partnered to create a video to help educate pharmacists and staff about preventing pharmacy crime. The video, “RxPATROL® Pharmacy Safety and Security,” is available for viewing at www.RxPATROL.com.

In the video, RxPATROL® coordinator Captain Richard Conklin of the Stamford, CT Police Department and NCPA member Steve Morton discuss measures pharmacy owners can take to make their businesses safer, as well as how to assist law enforcement in catching criminals. Captain Conklin introduces viewers to Purdue Pharma’s RxPATROL® program, an online database that tracks, analyzes, and provides information on pharmacy crime to law enforcement and pharmacies.

“Pharmacy crime is a growing concern across the country, affecting our customers, our staff, and our businesses,” said NCPA President Holly W. Henry, R.Ph. “As more and more communities begin to experience these kinds of robberies and burglaries, NCPA is pleased to continue our Protect Your Pharmacy Now! partnership with Purdue’s RxPATROL® program to help our members prevent pharmacy crime.”

Created in May 2003, RxPATROL® is the only program specifically tracking pharmacy crime. Using visual and other evidence gathered by RxPATROL®, pharmacies and law enforcement are alerted to crimes that have occurred in their area and trends in criminal activity. More than 3,500 drug diversion investigators receive daily RxPATROL® pharmacy crime alerts and more than 1,200 law enforcement officers have utilized the database.

“Purdue encourages pharmacists and pharmacy staff to register with RxPATROL,” said Richard Zenuch Director, Law Enforcement Liaison and Education at Purdue.

“The more pharmacists using the RxPATROL® system the more effective the system will be in helping law enforcement and the pharmacy community combat pharmacy crime.”

RxPATROL® partners with Crime Stoppers and other community anti-crime programs to offer rewards for information leading to arrests for pharmacy crime. Tips can be made anonymously and have led to nearly 100 arrests since the program’s inception. More information about the program can be found at www.RxPATROL.com.

In addition to RxPATROL®, Purdue’s Law Enforcement Liaison and Education (LELE) Program provides law enforcement and healthcare providers with training and educational materials to help them combat prescription drug abuse and pharmacy crime.

The LELE team is comprised of seasoned law enforcement professionals who are knowledgeable about prescription drug-related crime and healthcare fraud issues.

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