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Green Country Pharmacies Slammed After Winter Storm

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Pills are counted for a prescription Wednesday. Pills are counted for a prescription Wednesday.
Target Pharmacist Jess Trevino answers the phone Wednesday. Target Pharmacist Jess Trevino answers the phone Wednesday.
The shelves are stocked Wednesday. The shelves are stocked Wednesday.

Ashli Sims, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Digging out from under all this snow is becoming an urgent matter for some folks who need their medications.

Some pharmacies reopened Wednesday.

The aisles were by no means full and customers were few and far between. But the pharmacy sign was glowing and the phones were ringing off the hook.

"Yeah, that's the first question we get, are you open? And we're answering the phone. So of course, yes we're open," Jess Trevino said.

Target Pharmacist Jess Trevino says they were buried before record snowfall started falling.

"We are playing catch up from the crazy day on Monday. People, all pharmacies, I've talked to across the area were pretty much hammered on Monday," Trevino said.

Then, they were closed for a day and the prescriptions piled up. Now, they're getting calls from the snow-bound.

"We started getting transfers from people saying, 'I normally fill across town, but I can't make it there can you get it today?' Or 'I'm stuck here from Tahlequah or Bristow, I can't get home,'" Trevino said.

Some customers braved the elements on foot to get the medications they needed.

"We live not quite a mile from here so we decide to take an adventure go off to the little neighborhood grocery store and here to get his prescription," Penny Barsch, a customer, said.

Trevino says for those who are counting on their pills, they're glad to see this counter open.

"People are surprised," Trevino said. "Cause people are saying hey where I live a bank's not even open or a grocery store isn't open. So they're happy we are."

Trevino says even though the store is still pretty quiet. They're getting everything ready for pickup for when business does pick up.

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