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Improving Pharmacy Safety

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(WLNS) - It's been two weeks to the day since 35-year old Michael Addo was shot and killed at a Rite Aid in Lansing.

Nick Perreault talked with a pharmacist who hopes more pharmacies will adopt plans he's created and started out in Muskegon County.

Sadly seeing these lights and yellow tape around pharmacies Ken Fagerman says isn't going away soon.

"The level of violence seems to be increasing," said Fagerman.

From fraud to falsifying prescrition pads and attempted robbery, Ken Fagerman, an independent pharmacist from the Muskegon area and West Michigan crime watch coordinator, says pharmacies need to take every interaction at the counter seriously.

"We sometimes take a lot of grief from customers, we write off some of these threats," he adds.

But pharmacies shouldn't.

Now Lansing police say drugs or money wasn't behind this shooting that killed employee Michael Addo. But Fagerman says the shooting should shed light on pharmacies protecting themselves.

"I believe that silent alarms and panic alarms are an essential part of that and should be apart of every system," said Fagerman.

Along with working on a regular basis with law enforcement.

"We started a pharmacy crime watch, we've expanding that to where we are also working with the prosecuting attorney."

Since that creation in February this pharmacist says arrests in Muskegon County doubled from 2012 to 2013.

"My experience in the past is that people will continue to make attempts," he concludes.

So Fagerman says the more pharmacies and police prepare the less likely you'll see crime scene tape outside a pharmacy.

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