Patients will need to be fingerprinted under new law to pick up certain pills

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PEORIA, Ariz. – Under a new law, patients would be required to be fingerprinted when picking up your medication.

The City of Peoria is considering fingerprinting everyone who picks up prescription pills so that if the customer is suspected of prescription fraud, his or her fingerprints are on file for law enforcement.

Police say prescription theft and fraud cases are increasing. When fraudulent or stolen prescription pads turn up, pharmacy staff calls police.

Nevertheless, arresting or prosecuting a fraud suspect can be difficult to the city wants to require fingerprints from customers who pick up painkiller medications such as Percocet, Vicodin or Oxycontin.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has raised privacy concerns about the plan to fingerprint patients.

Peoria’s city attorney says fingerprinting painkiller-users is similar to keeping track of who buys cold medicines with pseudoephedrine.

Steve Kemp says, “If you were to obtain other drugs through a pharmacy, those records are private and so would be these records…only accessed by law enforcement.”

If will be up to the City of Peoria city council to decide whether to move forward with the fingerprinting plan. If so, it will be the first city in Arizona, and one of the first in the country, to do so.