Rep. Rodney Davis, R-IL 13th Dist, made a stop at the Normal Police Department on Mar. 9 to announce new legislation to fight the opioid crisis.
Davis introduced a new measure, the opioid Prescription Verification Act, that would help law enforcement slow the movement of opioids into the illegal market. The bill would also require pharmacists to check for photo identifications when picking up the opioid prescription. It would also require them to enter that person's information into the state's prescription drug monitoring program.
"We hope we can deter pharmacy shopping and provide data that can help law enforcement track bad actors and prevent those opioids from being illegally sold and used," said Davis.
The bill, if passed, would combat what is known as 'pharmacy shopping.' That is a practice used by addicts or drug dealers who out seek out pharmacies to fill opioid prescriptions prescribed to someone else. Under current Illinois law, the state only requires pharmacies to record information about the prescription recipient into the Illinois Prescription Management Program, but not the person who is picking up the prescription.
The Centers for Disease Control released a reports this week that found the opioid crisis is increasing, especially, in the Midwest region of the country. The CDC reports that the crisis has seen a 70 percent increase in opioid overdoses from 2016 in hospitalizations. Illinois saw a 66 percent increase just last year.