The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed a substitute version of SB 418, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Act this morning, setting it up for placement on the calendar for the full Senate to vote on before Crossover Day, March 25th. This legislation will establish a state surveillance system for the monitoring of prescribing and dispensing of certain medications. The database will included most pain relievers, anxiety medications, sleep aids, anti-diarrheals and anything containing codeine. This database would bypass Fourth Amendment requirements for a warrant for this information.
Reason recently looked into the consequences of this action:
A report by John Stossel (around 26 minutes) notes that many doctors are now avoiding prescribing painkillers out of fear that they will be arrested or fined.
At the beginning of last month, the State Senate passed a bill that would prohibit involuntary microchip implants, which is not a threat. Here were facing a real threat of government invading our personal privacy and relationship with doctors and the Senate is ignoring basic civil liberties. Nice.