FL prescription drug database exposed, violating our rights

June 18, 2013 

With regards to last week's prescription drug database leak to Florida prosecutors of over 3,000 individuals' personal data -- including names, address and medications prescribed -- I for one am not surprised.

The database put into place by Florida's Legislature and operated by Florida government is a needed system but its operation is profoundly flawed as it lacks a court order (subpoena) for law enforcement to gain access. I lobbied intensely in Tallahassee for a court order requirement just as many other states require but law enforcement fought against that requirement.

We recently discovered that our federal legislators have approved of the secret gathering of our personal phone and Internet use data; now we also become aware that out state legislators overwhelming approved what amounts to law enforcement's close to unfettered access to our medicine cabinets.

It is truly sad when Americans are so willing to cede their personal freedoms because government/legislators claim it is for our own protection and find the Constitution something to ignore.

Two hundred and fifty plus years ago, Benjamin Franklin put our current situation best: "Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one."

It seems evident that "those" Mr. Franklin refers to are indeed us.

Paul Sloan, Practice Administrator, First Choice Pain Care ClinicSarasota

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