Thursday, September 9, 2010

State sheriffs want list of patients on painkillers

Not specifically related to Waxhaw at this time, but if North Carolina sheriffs have their way, it will. I'm not sure this is a good idea.
Sheriffs in North Carolina want access to state computer records identifying anyone with prescriptions for powerful painkillers and other controlled substances.

The state sheriff's association pushed the idea Tuesday, saying the move would help them make drug arrests and curb a growing problem of prescription drug abuse. But patient advocates say opening up people's medicine cabinets to law enforcement would deal a devastating blow to privacy rights.
Violating the privacy of a third of the state's residents to give police an easier time stymieing prescription drug abuse? No thanks.

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