We’ve all heard the nightmare stories about the nation’s opioid epidemic – since 2008, drugs kill more Americans than car accidents, a first in the nation’s history. Unfortunately, like many problems, the drug problem is spilling over into other areas of our culture, with particular impact on drug-related burglaries. One 2016 study by Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company came to the following startling conclusions:
- That the opioid epidemic has made pharmacy burglaries and robberies among the fastest growing crimes in the country,
- That burglaries and robberies alone cost the country an estimated $61.3 billion annually, not including the cost of prescription diversion, and
- 14% of pharmacies nationwide will experience a robbery or burglary at some point, although this number can be much higher in areas hard hit by the opioid epidemic.