Pharmacists Seek Federal Protection

The nation's pharmacists have failed to win legislation making it a federal offense to rob controlled substances from a drugs tore; Since 1970, the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration have opposed such legislation, but have been unable or unwilling to propose a satisfactory method of combatting the problem.

Congress has relegated to the individual states most of the responsibility for enforcing provisions of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 that apply to community pharmacies. In three cases-┬╗when state authorities re^ quest assistance, or when a pharmacy is either selected as part of a survey documenting abuse of a particular drug or the subject of a specific complaint-

the DEA wilL occasionally conduct a "compliance investigtion," This frequently involves detailed inventory analysis of controlled substances and records pertaining lo l lie if dispensation by the pharmacist...

Many of the nation's pharmacists wish die government would take as much care1 when investigating robberies involving the same controlled substances.

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