Pharmacy Break-Ins Are Becoming a Big Problem in San Diego County

Pharmacies in San Diego County have been hit by a string of armed robberies that are worrying law enforcement officials in the Southern California region. The uptick in break-ins appears to be related to the pervasive prescription drug epidemic and experts believe it could get worse soon.

"The better we do of keeping the pills off the street and over-prescribing, the more they're going to resort to things like pharmacy robberies to get their opioid," said Amy Roderick, a special agent with the DEA.

To give you an idea of how this problem has mushroomed, there have 26 armed break-ins and 23 night-time robberies of pharmacies in the county so far this year. In all of 2015, there were just six.