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ONDCP Holds Meeting on Pharmacy Robberies

Summary: 
ONDCP leadership met with Federal partners and insutry representatives to discuss pharmacy robberies, which are a result of the ongoing prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Federal, state and local law enforcement officials, members of the pharmacy community, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) gathered yesterday at ONDCP to discuss the threat pharmacy robberies and burglaries pose on the safety and security of the general public. During the meeting, Director Kerlikowske discussed the importance of working with public safety officials to share best practices for preventing and reducing diversion of prescription drugs from pharmacies and improve data collection regarding the scope of the problem. Director Kerlikowske also highlighted the Obama Administration's comprehensive plan to reduce prescription drug abuse by 15 percent over the next five years.

Read the readout from today's meeting to learn more.