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RxPatrol Helps Law Enforcement Track Diversion of Prescription Drugs

RxPatrol, developed and trademarked by Purdue Pharma, L.P., is a clearinghouse of data related to pharmacy robberies, burglaries, and theft of controlled substances such as OxyContin. PATROL is an acronym for Pattern Analysis Tracking Roberries and Other Losses. Through their web collection via forms the goal is to collect, collate, analyze, and disseminate pharmacy theft intelligence to law enforcement.

The pharmacy community reports any incidents through the Theft Reporting Form, available online:

You can view their statistical charts at

Data collected so far indicate that:

  • Most robberies are committed by white males in their 20s.
  • Robberies tend to be committed between 12 am and 4 am.
  • 88% of pharmacies that are robber do not have an alarm system.

The site also offers tips and advice on preventing pharmacy robberies and burglaries. 

  • Place security cameras so that they cover both the exterior and interior of pharmacies. The exterior camera may catch suspects before they don a hood or mask.
  • Use motion detectors as part of the alarm system - only alarming doors and windows does not work if the robber usings a roof  entrance or breaks throiugh a wall to rob the store.
  • Motion detectors also help in cases where the perpetrator has hidden in a closet or bathroom to wait until the store is closed to commit the burglary. Otherwise the alarm only goes off when they exit, which makes it harder for law enforcement to catch the perpetrators.
  • Have a battery back up for the alarm system - burglars sometimes cut the power source and phone line, disabling the alarm system.

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the United States - resulting in more admissions to hospitals than illegal drug use.

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