In contrast to the nation’s overall trend in crime reduction, pharmacy robbery has increased dramatically in recent years.  According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), armed robberies of pharmacies increased 81% between 2006 and 2010, from 380 to 686.

Addictive pain killers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Opana are often the targets of pharmacy robbery.  Prescription painkillers are now the second most abused drug, after marijuana, with seven million American using them illegally.

There are two excellent web-available whitepapers that address the problem of pharmacy robbery: