Published: Aug 02, 2011 4:09 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 02, 2011 2:52 AM EDT

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - The city of Bonita Springs is considering a proposed ordinance making it mandatory for pain pill providers to have an alarm system directly wired to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

The goal is to help thwart attempts to rob the businesses.

According to council member Stephen McIntosh, former council member Richard Ferreira first made the proposal. Since then the city has been researching whether it is allowed to make the rule.

McIntosh says the latest news of drugstore robberies only adds fuel to the fire to help get the problem of prescription drug abuse under wraps.

"When there are offices that dispense pain medications that don't have proper security systems or full security systems, that's the biggest worry," McIntosh says.

He says the city is still working with law enforcement on how the system would work.

According to city documents, there aren't any businesses currently wired to the sheriff's office, but there were about 17 years ago, when alarm systems were not as prevalent.

Some in the pharmacy business, like John Ward, owner of John's Pharmacy on Bonita Beach Road, says the ordinance could do some good.

"It's kind of scary what people will do for medicine," Ward says.

City council is set to discuss the proposed ordinance Wednesday.