Pharmacy Worker Arrested for Drug Diversion


A pharmacy worker was arrested for drug diversion last month for stealing prescription drugs from the pharmacy by throwing them in the trash.

This Florida pharmacist was allegedly seen on surveillance video taking full bottles of Alprazolam, and throwing them away into the pharmacy trash can. The pharmacist would then take out the trash at the end of her work shift, and retrieve the pills, keeping the stolen bottles in her pocket.

Representatives from the pharmacy told police that the employee had done this on numerous occasions. In fact, she admits to stealing 15 bottles of Alprazolam, each containing 100 pills.

Alprazolam (more commonly known by the brand name Xanax) is prescribed by doctors to treat stress, anxiety, depression, panic disorders, and other purposes where a physician may deem its use appropriate. It acts on the central nervous system to produce a calming effect. When taken as directed, it produces feelings of peace and tranquility, relaxation of the body and mind, and improved sleep.

While effective for these medical uses, Alprazolam can cause an addictive “high” that can lead to drug abuse, even by those who were legitimately prescribed to take the drug. Normally, abuse occurs in patients with severe chronic pain, emotional instability or personality disorders, or a history of drug/alcohol dependency. Users can become addicted to the pleasant euphoria the drug creates, and may use more in an attempt to recreate these effects. High doses of the medication are generally traded on the black market.

While these drugs are helpful for millions worldwide, the lure of chemical enhancements, and the influence of dependency and addiction make drug diversions complicated, unpredictable, and even dangerous. The compact size of these drugs, along with the high street value make the investigations especially challenging.

Drug diversion, the unlawful removal of prescription drugs from a pharmacy for illegal sale or personal use, is a growing concern for the industry. That’s why Rolland offers peace of mind through our high-quality security products and solutions created just for pharmacies who carry medications that may be at risk for potential employee theft. (See the Rolland Pill Bunker)

Need the help of an expert? Tony Gallo has more than 30 years of experience in security consultation for a variety of businesses. From product selection to floor-plan layout, make sure that your pharmacy is set up for optimal risk aversion.

For more information, please call 214.845.6800


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