IDs Now Needed for Certain Pain Killers in North Carolina

From The Charlotte Observer by April Bethea, March 1, 2012

Pharmacists are now required to check IDs before dispensing certain pain killers under a new state law that goes into effect today.

Attorney General Roy Cooper said the new law is designed to try to rein in prescription drug fraud and abuse of drugs such as Oxycontin, morphine, methadone, fentanyl and Vicodin. In a news release, Cooper said the State Bureau of Investigation has seen a 400 percent increase over five years in prescription drug related cases.

The new law – which can be read by clicking here – requires photo identification for anyone trying to fill a prescription for any Schedule II drug and certain Schedule III drugs. Pharmacies must also keep records on any one seeking the prescriptions for three years.

In a news release Wednesday, Cooper’s office said he is considering additional changes to try to strop prescription drug abuse. Among the possible changes: stronger penalties for tampering with drugs and illegally obtaining prescriptions.

About 1,000 people died prescription drug overdoses in North Carolina, according to preliminary data from the N.C. Division of Public Health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control also says fatal overdoses are now the primary cause of death due to unintentional injury in the nation.

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