Drug-related crime in Pennsylvania pharmacies

J. L. Fink, M. J. Myers

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A study was conducted of Pennsylvania pharmacies to determine the incidence of crime, the results of those crimes and measures that could be taken to reduce the incidence of crime. The incidence of reported crimes increased steadily after 1971; there was a 57% increase between 1974 and 1975. In only 14% of the cases was the criminal apprehended and convicted. A hotline system appears to be a deterrent to attempts to pass off forged prescriptions. Proper security of prescription blanks makes it more difficult for the would-be forger to obtain one essential element in this crime.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-168
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of pharmacy and the sciences supporting public health
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science


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