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Illinois To Increase Security For Prescription Drugs

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SPRINGFIELD, ILL (CBS) — More security is coming in the fight against people who would unlawfully get prescription drugs.

Randy Malan is Director of Clinical Pharmaceutical Services in the Illinois’ Department of Human Services, and says his office is successful at reducing prescription fraud.

“We have been able to show since 2008, a 66.66 percent reduction in what we refer to as frequent fliers, individuals that are being five or more prescribers and are five or more pharmacies in a 30-day period, receiving controlled substances,” said Malan.

The state’s prescription monitoring program is joining a national network where states share information. This is potentially helpful as more of us get our meds through the mail.