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Senator Calls Out DHEC



S.C. Sen. Kevin Bryant (R-Anderson) is slamming his state’s largest agency for what he refers to as “nanny government.”

Bryant, a pharmacist, says the latest regulation promulgated by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) is part of a disturbing trend of government ” punishing the whole public” in an effort to punish “the few out there abusing the system.”

Bryant is referring to SCDHEC’s order requiring pharmacies to submit narcotic prescription records to the agency on a daily basis. This database will then be provided to law enforcement.

“As you know, South Carolina has a bad history with its citizens’ databases,” Bryant wrote on his website. “Here’s one more database for hackers and a good victory for nanny state!”

We agree …

South Carolina has no more business waging war on “illegal” drugs than it does over-regulating legal ones. Both efforts violate liberty and privacy – and are doomed to fail.

SCDHEC did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

Pic: Travis Bell Photography