When individuals are arrested, they are fingerprinted and photographed. These procedures have become so standardized that most of us do not even question the privacy implications of these actions. However, the collection of an additional identifying marker being cataloged with regard to some arrestees and some convicted criminal offenders is being criticized by many as too-far overstepping the boundaries of privacy in the name of public safety.
Abuse of prescription pain killers, like Oxycontin, is increasing across the country. According to the most recent survey from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 55 percent of the fatal drug overdoses in 2008 involved a prescription drug, not an illicit substance like cocaine or heroine. This percentage is higher than all illicit drugs combined.