CVS completes rollout of time-delay safes in California stores

CVS Pharmacy's rollout of time-delay safes in almost 900 of its free-standing stores in California is complete, the company said Wednesday. The safes aim to prevent pharmacy robberies and combat the opioid crisis by preventing diversion of controlled substances.

CVS Pharmacy's rollout of time-delay safes in almost 900 of its free-standing stores in California is complete, the company said Wednesday. The safes aim to prevent pharmacy robberies and combat the opioid crisis by preventing diversion of controlled substances. "Pharmacy robberies are a challenging issue for every pharmacy, and we are committed to doing all we can to reduce the number of pharmacy robbery incidents in our California stores," said Hank Casillas, division vice president of CVS Pharmacy in California. "We have seen that time-delay safes, combined with the other security policies and procedures in place at our stores, can greatly reduce these incidents and are pleased to roll out this enhanced security measure. These safes will help ensure that our stores remain a safe environment for our patients and colleagues." All CVS locations with the new safes—whose time-delay function cannot be overridden—will feature highly visible signage to let the public know that time-delay safes are in use there to prevent on-demand access to controlled substances. CVS Health has also finished installing more than five dozen safe medication disposal units in CVS Pharmacy locations in California, adding to the 21 units it has donated to law enforcement agencies in the state.