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Plan to tighten access to drug database in trouble

from The News Service of Florida

On Jan. 14, 2014, Senate Health Policy Chairman Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, pulled his proposal, SB 1076, making it harder for investigators to access the controversial prescription drug monitoring program, according to the News Service of Florida. Under his plan, investigators would have to get subpoenas to access records. That means before information could be released to a law enforcement agency, it would have to show a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, fraud, or theft involving a controlled substance. Bean cited that law enforcement thought that the bill would "take away a tool." Attorney General Pam Bondi thinks that requiring judges to sign off on requests for records would slow down the courts and the process to limit prescription drug-related crimes. Bean said, "Certainly no one wants to prevent them from going after bad guys. I'm just tired of getting spied on. Our government listens to our phone calls. Our government reads our emails. I just want government out of our medicine chest." more

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