Pharmacists becoming targets of narcotic thieves


TONIGHT, COLLEEN HENRY INVESTIGATES THE DANGERS PHARMACISTS FACE TO FULFILL THEIR MISSIONS.>>THIS IS THE REALITY WISCONSIN’S PHARMACISTS FACE O ANY GIVEN WORKDAY, MASKE GUNMEN INVADING THE WORKPLACE, TERRORIZING THEIR CUSTOMERS AND , DEMANDING THEIR FULL STASH OF OPIATES. THIS IS SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF THE DECEMBER 29 ROBBERY AT WAUWATOSA’S SWAN SERVE-U DRUGS , BU SWAN IS NOT ALONE.>>HOW MANY STORES? NINE STORES.>>HOW MANY ROBBERIES? 17.>>HASHIM ZAIBAK OWNS THE HAYAT PHARMACY CHAIN. HIS SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS CAPTURED THE TEAM OF BURGLARS THAT HIT HIS STORES 17 TIMES LAST SUMMER LOOKING FOR COUGH SYRUP CONTAINING THE OPIAT CODEINE. ON OTHER OCCASIONS, ARMED ROBBERS HAVE MADE OF WITH OXYCODONE, MORPHINE, AND OTHER NARCOTIC SO THIS IS COSTING YOU A LOT OF MONEY, NOT JUST IN THE STUFF THEY STEAL, BUT IN PROTECTIN YOURSELF?>>TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ALL OF DOLLARS. OUR PHARMACIES ARE BULLET-PROOF — BULLETPROOF. ZAIBACK HAS BECOME A SECURITY EXPERT AFTER INVESTING IN BULLET-PROOF WINDOWS TO PROTECT STAFF AND CUSTOMERS.>>IT’S ABOUT $5000 FOR THIS SIDE, AND ABOUT $5000 FOR TH OTHER SIDE.>>INSTALLING METAL DOORS, ELECTRONIC LOCKS, SAFES NOT EXACTLY WHAT HE TRAINED FOR BACK IN PHARMACY SCHOOL. BACK THEM I’M GUESSING THEY DIDN’T TEACH YOU ABOUT ARMED ROBBERIE>>IT WASN’T PART OF OUR CURRICULUM, NO.>>THESE DAYS, PHARMACISTS LIKE ZAIBAK UNDERGO TRAINING FROM THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION.>>HOW TO REACT IN A SITUATION OF AN ARMED ROBBERY, WHAT TO DO, WHAT NOT TO DO, HOW TO IDENTIFY PRESCRIBERS WHO ARE OVERPRESCRIBING OXYCODONE AND MAYBE COMMUNICATE WITH THE DEA AND REPORT SOME OF THESE+ SUSPICIOUS PRESCRIBING ACTIVITIES.>>SO THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF DETECTIVE WORK IN WHAT YOU DO? THERE IS. THERE IS. AND EVEN WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PRESCRIPTION YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO LOOK IS THIS A LEGIT PRESCRIPTION OR IS THIS A FAKE PRESCRIPTION.>>MANY PHARMACIES HAVE ALSO TURNED TO HIGH-TECH CRIME-FIGHTING TECHNIQUES, PLACING GPS TRACKERS INSIDE PILL BOTTLES, WHICH HELP POLICE TRACK ROBBERS.>>BUT THE CRIMINALS ARE ALSO BECOMING SMARTER. THEY’LL COME AND SAY GIVE ME THE OXYCODONE WITHOUT THE GPS DEVICE .>>OTHERS LIKE SWAN SERV-U HAVE DECIDED THE ONLY WAY TO STOP THE VIOLENCE IS TO STOP STOCKING CERTAIN NARCOTICS. SINCE THE HOLD-UP, SWAN HAS POSTED SIGNS ON ITS DOORS ADVISING CUSTOMERS AND WOULD-BE ROBBERS IT NO LONGER KEE OPIATES LIKE OXYCONTIN AND MORPHINE ON SITE. HASHIM ZAIBAK SAYS IT WAS A TOUGH DECISION, BUT HAYAT PHARMACIES WILL CONTINUE TO CARRY CRITICAL OPIATES. THE CHALLENGE WE FACE I THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO TRULY NEED THIS MEDICINE.>>SO TAKE A GOOD LOOK. THESE ROBBERS ARE STILL ON THE RUN, AND POLICE WANT YOUR HELP TO FIND THEM. THEY SAY WHILE THEY’RE OUT