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Opinion: Prescription Drug Database an Infringement on Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 23, 2010

A Georgia bill that would see the creation of a statewide database to monitor prescription pain medications raises serious privacy concerns. That's according to Atlanta-Journal Constitution columnist and former Libertarian party presidential candidate Bob Barr, who says that the bill is "defective and unnecessary legislation." Barr says that monitoring prescription drug abuse can be done in a far less intrusive way than collecting and analyzing Georgians' private medical records. He adds that the database, promoted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Georgia Drugs and Narcotic Agency, among others, aims to "monitor everybody in order to catch the [relatively] few abusers."
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