Michigan CVS stores add new safes to prevent opioid thefts

ROYAL OAK, Mich. — Michigan officials are hopeful that new technology being added to CVS pharmacies across the state will help make a difference in the opioid crisis.

“Decreasing opioid prescription related deaths in our state takes an all-hands-on-deck approach, which is why it’s so important that pharmacies like CVS are stepping up and stepping in to help to combat this issue and showing true corporate, social responsibility,” said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, speaking Monday at a CVS store in Royal Oak.

CVS is adding time-delayed safes to all of its 318 Michigan locations, including to the pharmacies it operates in Target stores. Michigan is one of the first seven states to see the security upgrade from CVS.

“Though I’m very privileged to represent one of the safest communities in Michigan … we’ve seen some truly devastating stories come out of our communities from people you’d least expect it to be addicted to opioids and to take drastic measures,” said state Sen. Mallory McMorrow, D-Royal Oak. “Technology like this is small but a very important step in the right direction to deterring crime and making sure that we don’t see more of these illicit medications … make it to our streets.”


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