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North Carolina Sheriffs want lists of patients using painkillers

Posted By kurtnimmoadmin On September 9, 2010 @ 10:34 am In Old Infowars Posts Style,Police State | Comments Disabled

LYNN BONNER
News Observer
September 9, 2010

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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.

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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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