NORTH SALT LAKE — Take a seat if you want to rob painkillers at Orchard Drug. Or even buy them.

Pharmacist Dal Loveridge installed a safe that releases drugs only once every 30 minutes — gun or not.

And it worked, discouraging an armed robber who Monday demanded a batch of OxyContin, brand name for the narcotic oxycodone.

"I told him he would have to wait 30 minutes, didn't you see the sign?" Loveridge recounted. "He got nervous and left. He actually took off running."

Loveridge also upgraded security cameras and installed panic buttons.

"We hope this is the end of it," he said. "We want them to know this isn't a place they're gonna get it."

Orchard Drug isn't the first to install a time-delay lock for narcotics. Paul Hicks, owner of Utah Safe Outlet in Bountiful, has sold the $320 locks to regional grocery/pharmacy chain Harmons.

Banks have used time-delay locks for years, he said.

"Orchard has only had their safe for six or eight weeks and obviously it paid off," Hicks said. The pharmacy lost $6,000 in drugs to a robbery earlier this year.

Bountiful police, however, say time-delay safes go against their traditional advice: Give armed robbers what they want. And time-delay locks could only delay the inevitable.

"I don't want people pointing a gun at someone saying, 'All right. We're counting down 30 minutes then,'" said Reid Barker, executive director of the Utah Pharmacists Association.