In this guest column for the Seattle Times a pharmacist’s wife recounts how she and her husband left New York City for a quieter life in Seattle, only to be plagued by that city’s pharmacy theft epidemic. She notes that a sobering reflection of how severe the problem has become is the fact that Walgreens recently installed time-delay safes in all of its stores in Washington state in an effort to limit instant access to OxyContin. She says she feels like a military wife, wondering when he works nights if he’ll become a casualty of the war for prescription drugs.
In the first seven months of this year, she says, Washington state logged 59 pharmacy robberies – nearly 90 percent of which were opiate-related.
No wonder she can’t sleep at night.