MERRICK, LONG ISLAND (WPIX)—Pharmacists on Long Island operating smaller independent shops are taking their personal safety to another level.
Without citing specific data, Nassau and Suffolk County officials say they've noticed a spike in the number of applications for gun permits.
Father's Day massacre in a mom and pop pharmacy in Medford and this New Year's Eve attempted robbery at another independent pharmacy in Seaford, Long Island that claimed the life of an off-duty federal agent.
They feel at this point when an armed suspect is trying to score highly addictive prescription pain killers they're outlook is it's either "them or me."
Suffolk County law enforcement officials are also taking steps to protect pharmacists by giving special training to narcotics officers, and increasing reward money in prescription drug robbery cases.