Illinois House Bill 3219 is the first of its kind in the United States, and requires pharmacies opting-in to place a locking device on prescription painkiller containers.
“When it comes to addiction and substance abuse issues, we’ve seen time and time again the need for an aggressive approach to deter abusers,” said Illinois State Representative Michael Zalewski.
If the Governor of Illinois signs the bill, the plan will be tested for one year. It will require the participation of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation along with select participating pharmacies. The unique bill specifies all prescribed hydrocodone painkillers must be contained in a medicine bottle with a numerical locking device, such as those used for gym locks.”
Source: BusinessWire.com – July 9, 2015