Consider this: the DOJ offers the 50 states money to monitor prescriptions of controlled substances. This does include identifying info for individual patients, and this data is sometimes used when investigating whether some doctor is "over prescribing" or some patient is "abusing" drugs like pain meds. Like Rush Limbaugh got in trouble for doing.
Yes, Illinois has such a program. So do 32 other states.
And the DEA would like to mandate for the other 17.
Read all about it - here's an FAQ straight from the Department of Justice.
"We're watching how you medicate."
Signed, your pal, the Nanny State.