National Fraternal Order of Police Endorse Davis' Opioid Prescription Verification Legislation
May 13-19 is National Police Week
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) announced today that the National Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed his bill to help law enforcement fight the opioid epidemic. May 13-19 is National Police Week. The House will consider several bills focused on helping law enforcement. More information can be found here.
"Our men and women in blue put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities," said Davis. "I'm proud to lead this legislation that was inspired by members of law enforcement to help them fight the opioid epidemic facing our communities. This Police Week we say 'thank you' to all of the men and women in blue and recognize the work they do each day to serve and protect."
"This is another tool that will be helpful to law enforcement in stopping bad actors and stopping those who continue to push these deadly prescriptions on the streets of our communities," National FOP President, Chuck Canterbury, said in a letter of support. "On behalf of the more than 335,000 members of the Fraternal Order of Police, thank you for giving law enforcement the tools to help combat this deadly epidemic that is gripping our nation."
In March 2018, Davis introduced H.R. 5219, the Opioid Prescription Verification Act, to deter pharmacy shopping and provide data that can help law enforcement track bad actors. This is similar to ID requirements that were placed on medicine sales containing Pseudoephedrine in 2005 to combat the meth epidemic. H.R. 5219 is the result of a meeting Davis had with the Normal Police Department in October where they described this problem they were seeing in the area.
Currently, Illinois requires pharmacies to record information about the prescription recipient into the Illinois Prescription Management Program, but not the person picking up the prescription. This has led to what is known as 'pharmacy shopping' where drug dealers seek out pharmacies to fill opioid prescriptions prescribed to someone else.