posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 08:13 PM
Allowing sheriffs' offices and other law enforcement officials to use the state's computerized list
"We can better go after those who are abusing the system," said Lee County Sheriff Tracy L. Carter.
"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
Allowing sheriffs' offices and other law enforcement officials to use the state's computerized list would vastly widen the circle of people with
access to information on prescriptions written for millions of people. As it stands now, doctors and pharmacists are the main users.
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