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SC Legislature working on new prescription drug law

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COLUMBIA, SC (WTOC) -

The South Carolina State Legislature is trying to tackle a tough issue.

Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell is talking about drugs, but not street drugs.

Prescription drugs are becoming a major addiction problem, and the SC Legislature is working on a law that would make it illegal for a person to have prescription medicine if a doctor did not specifically prescribe them for that person.

"This new bill will give prosecutors a powerful tool in the fight against prescription drug trafficking while leaving current laws as they are," said McConnell. "The proposal amends a provision that a violator can be fairly punished even if the prescription drugs do fall into a scheduled classification."

The law would increase fines and try to protect senior citizens.

Drug users often target seniors because most people take more medicines as they get older.

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