Extensive background checks? Check.
Verifying permission-to-purchase has been duly authorized? Check
Assuming buyers only want to make the purchase for bad reasons? Check.
Refusing to sell if they're out of their "normal" neighborhood? Check.
Finding cash transactions "suspicious?" Check.
Creating a blacklist of anyone refused and sharing it with all locations? Check.
Report any transaction you're even the least suspicious about to police? Check.
What is it? Firearms sales in MA or CA? Federal rules for sales of deadly chemicals? BATFE explosives-sales rules?
Nope: internal policy at Walgreen's for selling prescription pain medicine.
As a sufferer of chronic -- and, lucky me, usually low-level -- pain, I know about the suspicion, dismissive treatment and general difficulty of getting strong pain meds. Even a lot of the doctors treat you as just another drug-seeking opportunist instead of someone who wants to get the pain down to a dull roar so they can get on with life. (Side effects of the meds can be no darned picnic, either.)
CVS lost my prescription business over a decade ago, when the store was frequently out of a non-narcotic, non-pain-treating and relatively common medication that I take. Walgreen's always has my prescription drugs in stock and they even have a convenient drive-up window; but their latest antics have me wondering if perhaps I should go elsewhere.
5 weeks ago