Access to drug data too easy


Re the June 11 story ACLU: pill mill database leaked patient info: I am not surprised at the recent leak to prosecutors of more than 3,000 people’s personal information contained in Prescription Drug Database, including names, addresses and medications prescribed.

The database, put into place by the Florida Legislature and operated by the government, is a necessary system, but its operation is profoundly flawed. It lacks a court order (subpoena) for law enforcement to gain access.

I lobbied in Tallahassee for a court-order requirement, just as many other states mandate, but law enforcement fought against that requirement. Now we discover that federal lawmakers have approved the secret date-gathering of our personal phone and Internet use. State legislators overwhelmingly approved what amounts to law enforcement’s almost unfettered access to our medicine cabinets.

It is truly sad when Americans are so willing to cede their personal freedoms because government claims it is for our own protection.

Paul Sloan, practice administrator, First Choice Pain Care Clinic, Venice

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