Health Team

New state law requires photo ID to fill some prescriptions

Posted February 29, 2012

— A state law going into effect Thursday requires pharmacies to check photo identification before filling prescriptions for certain drugs, including Oxycontin, morphine, methadone, fentanyl and Vicodin.

“Powerful prescription drugs can be deadly when misused, and this law will help us fight the growing problem of prescription drug abuse,” Attorney General Roy Cooper said in a statement Wednesday. 

The law, which applies to schedule 2 and 3 drugs, is aimed at cutting down prescription drug fraud and abuse. 

"Most people get these because they have a need for them - a lot of pain, surgery," said Mike James, a pharmacist at Person Street Pharmacy. "Unfortunately, these are the same drugs that we see wind up on the street for sale."

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One of the ways some people have fooled the system has been through doctor shopping or going to see multiple doctors and going to multiple pharmacies. With photo identification on file, the State Bureau of Investigation can track people who might be abusing the system. 

Pharmacists realize that some people might not have a photo ID, so there are allowances. 

"It can be a friend. It can be a relative that's coming to pick up their medication, as long as that person has valid ID," James said. 

Cooper said he is looking at other possible changes to the law to fight prescription drug abuse, including stronger penalties for tampering with prescription drugs and obtaining prescriptions illegally.


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  • usemailinator Mar 7, 2012

    "Why should the govt tell me I cant have a beer and smoke a cigeratte at the bar? "

    OK, I'll play......because you blow your toxins all over me and then I get lung cancer from your second hand smoke. If you want to blow your brains out with a pistol, that's your right. Go do it in the parking lot where the stray bullets don't hit me.

    When you smokers get responsible enough to not affect others with your toxins, maybe we can amend this law. Until then, you have to be treated like children and told what you can and can't do in public.

  • beach2011 Mar 7, 2012

    Amen jpm1994 - that is what is really needed - ID to VOTE!

  • bonelady Mar 7, 2012

    Where you guys been? You have to show ID to buy over the counter sinus or cold meds now because some choose to use these medications to make meth with them. This ID showing will not deter pharmaceutical abuse - the abusers will just figure out a way to get around it!

  • jpm1994 Mar 6, 2012

    I can't believe that drugs are more important than the privilege of voting. We need picture identification for everything except to vote.

  • lumberman Mar 6, 2012

    It is a crying shame that you can require an ID for everything but voting and welfare. The government can give everybody a welfare card but that can not give them an ID card.

  • wral suks bauls Mar 5, 2012

    Not a big deal.. I get a few C2 and C3 RXs filled every month. The laws that irk me are the ones like the smoking ban that tell owners of PRIVATE businesses what they can/cant do inside their business. Why should the govt tell me I cant have a beer and smoke a cigeratte at the bar?

    Laws like this are what make me despise this movement towards laws for every single thing

  • davidk_at_unc Mar 5, 2012

    "Until then, I'm free and I'll do what I want!" -- unblankenbelievable

    Uh, ... no, you're not.

  • The Fox Mar 5, 2012

    I'm one of those people who have to take strong pain medication because of my back and chronic migraines. I go to a pain clinic at UNC. I see one dr and he gives me the prescriptions.I have NO PROBLEM with showing my id.I don't think that most people who are legitmately using the meds will have a problem showing their ids.If this is what I have to do,then so be it.

    +1 only oxy takes care of the migranes and back pain.

  • Buck Farack Mar 5, 2012

    Yankee1...from one Yankee to another...GREAT POST!!

  • hpr641 Mar 5, 2012

    Just classic. We can't possibly require photo ID at the polls in NC ... all because about 700K people (well, supposedly) don't have any photo ID. Worse, those against it have proposed all of ZERO ideas for helping those poor souls get one.

    Meanwhile, for law-abiding people to get their post-operative pain mgmt. meds., they have to have written prescriptions, go to the drug store themselves, and show a photo ID ... as if this would keep pain meds. out of abusers' hands to begin with.