CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The sale of illicit drugs in the Carolinas isn't the only drug problem residents are facing. More and more Carolinians are dying from prescription drugs.

Right now anybody can pick up someone's prescription and not even have to show identification, but in March that will change for addictive drugs.

Pharmacists like Josh Remany got into the business to help people and save lives.

Pain medications and things like oxycodone and oxycotin are quickly becoming more readily abused that illicit drugs, said Remany a pharmacist at Dilworth Drug.

Part of Remany's responsibility is to keep drugs away from those who would abuse them.

We re pretty smart to the fact we know what someone is asking for and asking for the maximum amounts.

In March anyone trying to pick up a prescription for a schedule drug will have to show an I.D. Believe it or not that is not something you have to do now.

Most of the pharmacy customers we talked to think it's about time.

If it doesn't invade somebody's privacy and protects people that are law abiding then I don t have a problem with it, said Ken Masengill.

There has already been a change designed to target meth labs. Pharmacies have been asking for I.D.'s for Sudafed a key ingredient in meth, but at the start of the year a statewide database went online so now pharmacists can tell who is buying what and where.

So we know from an instantaneous standpoint the patient can get it or not get it, added Remany.

When those regulations take effect, the state will only accept four I.D.'s and they must be current-- a driver s license, a Department of Motor Vehicles I.D., a military I.D. or a passport.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, overdose deaths from opium-based prescription pain relievers now exceed deaths from heroin and cocaine combined.

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