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HARVEST, AL (WAFF) -
In the past few weeks, thieves have targeted several pharmacies in the Valley.
Over the weekend they hit Propst Pharmacy on Pratt Ave. A few days before, the CVS on Balch Road was hit. For the second time in a month, thieves hit The Family Pharmacy in Tuscumbia.
"It definitely has you worried," said Mazen Nuwayhid.
Nuwayhid has worked at Sure Save Pharmacy in Harvest for years.
"You definitely have to remain vigilant in this business. It's not a matter of how it's going to happen; it's a matter of when. It's going to happen in this business, unfortunately," he said.
The other robberies in the Valley left workers counting inventory and restocking their shelves.
"Prescription medication is one of the most abused drugs out now," said Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson. "It's probably easier to steal medication and falsely acquire prescription medication as it is to buy it and risk getting caught in some drug areas."
Johnson said thieves take the pills from the stores to the streets.
"If you buy it off the street, it can run several dollars per pill," he said.
Nuwayhid said most robbers have a specific pill in mind.
"Oxycodone is the high demand drug on the street right now. It's highly addictive and very dangerous. That's what everybody wants," he said.
Sure Save is prepared to protect their inventory after hours.
"We have the video surveillance with 24 cameras and we also have security at night," said Nuwayhid.