Frank Fernandez
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
June 13, 2013

Florida’s prescription drug monitoring database program violates the state’s constitution, invades the privacy of residents and subjects them to unreasonable searches, according to an amended complaint filed Wednesday in circuit court in Volusia County.

The constitutional challenge is part of a growing legal battle over how the State Attorney’s Office for the 7th Judicial Circuit wound up with the prescription records for an estimated 3,300 residents and why that information was provided to five of six defense attorneys representing defendants related to a prescription fraud investigation.

The American Civil Liberties Union said this week it could file federal complaints with the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services related to the disclosure of the prescription information.

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