More on Peoria law enforcement's request to fingerprint people picking up prescriptions
Jamie Ross of Courthouse News had some coverage today of the proposal by Peoria, Arizona police to require that citizens be fingerprinted at pharmacies for certain prescriptions. I had blogged about their proposal last month as being a serious privacy invasion of the majority to prevent abuse of certain medications by the minority. The law would also require family members picking up prescriptions for a patient to be fingerprinted. Today, Ross reports:
The Peoria Police Department asked the City Council to enact a law requiring pharmacists to take customers’ fingerprints before filling prescriptions. Police in this Phoenix suburb of 163,000 say such a law would help prevent forged prescriptions for Oxycontin and other narcotics.
At a City Council study session on Dec. 7, 2010, Peoria’s Police Department suggested the city implement a new drug code to help deter forged prescriptions for OxyContin and other schedule I and schedule II drugs. Police said the city had been “inundated” with fraudulent prescriptions.
ACLU of Arizona Legal Director Daniel Pochoda commented that the proposal, “ignores the rights and well-being of patients and the responsibilities of medical providers and pharmacists.”
The ACLU said it is concerned because the proposed law is not limited to people suspected of fraud, and most people who will be fingerprinted will not be subjects of a criminal prosecution.
Precisely. And after Peoria gets done treating people like criminals by fingerprinting them, what happens to the fingerprints of Aunt Suzie who just stopped in to pick up her sick nephew’s prescription? Will her fingerprints be retained, and if so, for how long? And will they be run against criminal databases and other databases?
No, I don’t like this proposal at all, as is.