Illinois bill seeks valid IDs for procuring prescription opioids

Illinois bill seeks valid IDs for procuring prescription opioids

Samantha’s business might shut down for good if the proposed bill HR 5219 becomes the Opioid Prescription Verification Act (OPVA). The bill, introduced by Representative Rodney Davis, would make it mandatory for people in Illinois to show a government issued valid identity proof at the time of purchasing prescription opioids from a pharmacy. The bill would hurt Samantha, as she illegally sold opioid pain relievers prescribed to her. She had been using prescription opioids since she injured her leg in a car crash two years ago. In a year’s time, she was addicted to the prescriptions and had stopped going to work as well. She started selling the opioids to earn money and sustain her own addiction, now to heroin. Continue reading