NC: photo id card required to fill some prescriptions

North Carolina new law for some pain relief medications went into force yesterday. According to the new regulations all schedule II and selected schedule III medications such Oxycontin and Vicodin can only be picked up using an accepted method of photo identification. ID that cut for the new law are limited to driver’s license, state photo ID card issued by the NC Department of Motor Vehicles, a military ID or a passport. All documents have to valid and unexpired to be accepted.
The new strict rules are expected to reduce system abuse and eliminate drugs leaking due to fraud and prescriptions drugs addicts trying to find a loophole in the system by getting the drugs prescribed for family members or even strangers. Family members will still be able to pick up medications for their relatives but their ID will be recorded. State Buerau of Investigations (SBI) one of the authorities who will have insight into the collected ID record, say that over 1,000 people died in the state last year due to drug overdose while the count of prescribed medications rose 400% over past 5 years. The pharmacist will have to keep the record of collected IDs for 3 years. While most agree that the new law will reduce the problem of drug abuse especially when it comes to out of state drug shoppers only few believe it would eliminate the issue entirely.

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