NYPD looks to GPS bottles to combat pill bandits

Associated Press
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2012 file photo, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks about the plot to attack the Federal Reserve, during a news conference in New York. The New York Police Department wants pharmacies in and around the city to fight prescription drug thefts by stocking pill bottles fitted with GPS tracking chips. Kelly is expected to unveil the pioneer project Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at a California conference on health issues hosted by former President Bill Clinton's foundation. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2012 file photo, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks about the plot to attack the Federal Reserve, during a news conference in New York. The New York Police Department wants pharmacies in and around the city to fight prescription drug thefts by stocking pill bottles fitted with GPS tracking chips. Kelly is expected to unveil the pioneer project Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at a California conference on health issues hosted by former President Bill Clinton's foundation. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department wants pharmacies in and around the city to fight prescription drug thefts by stocking pill bottles fitted with GPS tracking chips.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly outlined the project Tuesday at a California conference on health issues hosted by former President Bill Clinton's foundation.

Kelly says the NYPD is concerned about a growing potential for crimes related to the black market for painkillers and other highly addictive prescription drugs.

He says the NYPD is proposing to distribute GPS bottles for pharmacists to hide on their shelves with legitimate supplies. That way, if there's a robbery or burglary, police would be able to track the loot.

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