GA: Lawmakers may monitor use of medications

Charles Oliver reports:

The General Assembly may be taking a look in your medicine chest.

Rep. Tom Weldon, R-Ringgold, said Thursday he will introduce legislation this year to battle “pill mills.”

“We don’t have a searchable database that sheriffs and law enforcement can go in and see who has been buying meth products and who has been buying an excessive amount of pills,” Weldon said at the Dalton-Whitfield Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Dalton breakfast.

He said the database would include the names of those who buy over-the-counter medications that can be used to make methamphetamine as well as those who buy prescription drugs.

Weldon said law enforcement officials will not need a warrant to search the database but they will not have “unfettered” access to medical records.

“It will have a limited scope. We are working on that. We are going to make sure there’s no violations of privacy for law-abiding citizens,” he said.

Uh huh.  Sure.

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