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      Spotsylvania County drug thefts have officials securing stocks

      (Photo: Associated Press)

      SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) - Spotsylvania County emergency officials are working to secure drug compartments in ambulances following a recent string of thefts.

      Since April, two thefts have occurred at one rescue station and a third at another station. Morphine and other drugs were taken from locked ambulance compartments.

      Fire Chief Chris Eudailey tells The Free Lance-Star that the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management is changing the drug compartment locks in every ambulance. Separate lock boxes are being added for morphine and Versed, a drug used to produce drowsiness and to relieve anxiety before medical procedures.

      Eudailey says fire and rescue officials also hope within the next few months to buy new drug compartments that have technology to identify who accessed them and when.