NYPD starts GPS tracking to fight painkiller robberies

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly has introduced a program

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly has introduced a program to place GPS tracking devices among painkillers to step up protection against pharmacy robberies. (Credit: AP, 2012)

The NYPD will begin asking city pharmacies to stock decoy bottles fitted with GPS devices among powerful painkillers like OxyContin and oxycodone in the latest bid to combat gunpoint robberies of drugstores.

Police hope that in the event of a robbery, the "bait bottles," which will be labeled as painkillers but filled with harmless placebos, will lead them back to large stocks of stolen prescription...

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