The U.S. Department of Justice said that opiate pain medication usage in the last 10 years has increased by about 300 percent. People using those drugs will do almost anything to get them.
Pharmacies are often targeted by people using or selling drugs to obtain them.
Mario Blount, a pharmacist at Best Care Pharmacy in Bridgeport said location is key to why they have not been targeted.
"Being that we're located on the main street corner, there's a lot of traffic on this corner. We have a great police department that comes and helps and sits outside, so that kind of helps," Blount said. "A security system, we have cameras through out the store, on the outside of the store. Those are deterrents also."
The state requires that everyone show identification when picking up or dropping off any controlled substance. This doesn't only help the pharmacists but it also helps the customer. It makes sure the prescription is going to the person it's supposed to.
There are a number of things that Blount said keeps Best Care Pharmacy and its customers safe. One major thing is the employees are able to know who exactly is shopping there.
"If they use one pharmacy versus multiple pharmacies we can make sure there are no drug interactions going on, we can make sure that all the drugs that they're taking comply or are compatible with one another," Blount said. "So basically getting to know your pharmacists, getting to know your patients, getting to know the medications, and going to one pharmacy."
Pharmacies aren't the only places targeted for stealing medications. Anyone can get a hold of drugs from your home.
Blount suggests not keeping prescription drugs in the most common place, like your medicine cabinet.
"You should put it somewhere that it's cool and dry, like a kitchen cabinet, some place like that. Some place safe, but somewhere out of the way where children can't get a hold of it. It's not some place where somebody would normally look for a medicine that's coming into your house to visit you," added Blount. "Most people will look in the medicine cabinets. That will protect you from things being taken from you also."
Pharmacists said another way to keep your prescriptions safe at home is only telling people that need to know what medications you are taking.