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Police Want Prescription Database Access

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

September 14, 2010

The North Carolina Sheriffs' Association has asked for access to a state prescription drug database, and the Greensboro News & Record reports that has people worried about "local law enforcement looking over who is prescribed what, without warning or a warrant." Since 2007, the report states, NC pharmacists have been required to report the filling of prescriptions for controlled substances scheduled by the Drug Enforcement Agency to a Department of Health and Human Services database. "If law enforcement wants access to that kind of private information, they should have to go get a warrant," said Sarah Preston of the NC ACLU. The State Bureau of Investigation can already access the database in drug investigations, the report states, and privacy advocates are concerned about any expansion.
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