Pharmacies to add GPS tracking devices to prescription pill bottles

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By: Feng Qian 

In order to combat the problem of prescription pills being sold on the black market, police are looking to add GPS tracking devices to prescription pill bottles.

In recent years, there have been many break-ins into pharmacies as well as robberies at gunpoint by people looking for prescription pills.

In light of the thefts, the New York Police Department wants pharmacies to embed GPS devices on some prescription pill bottles.

According to reports, GPS devices will be put in painkiller bottles such as OxyContin and oxycodone, and when they are stolen, police officers will be able to track the bottle, which will hopefully lead them to the suspects.

Last year, federal and local investigators have seized about 9,000 painkillers that were sold on the black market.

New York City hospitals will begin restricting the amount of pills emergency room patients can get.
There will be a limit of a three-day supply to each patient per visit. This is done in hopes to limit prescription pill addictions.

Most addicts get their pills from family and friends, who have excess supplies of legitimate prescription pills, according to experts.

Besides the GPS fitted pill bottles program, the New York Police Department has created a database of the 6,000 pharmacies in the New York area, where police will be visiting to recommend improved safety measures.