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Nikki Haley Wants To Know What Medicines You’re Taking




By FITSNEWS  ||  Onetime Tea Party darling Nikki Haley is endorsing a plan that would require doctors to provide state government with their patients’ prescription records – part of her administration’s efforts to combat so-called “rampant prescription drug abuse” in South Carolina.

The governor’s “Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Council” says all doctors must participate in a statewide “prescription monitoring program” – which was created several years ago but is not widely used.  To be implemented, the new compulsory participation standard must first be approved by state lawmakers.

Where to start with this …

First, we’d like to see some evidence of the “rampant prescription drug abuse” claim Haley’s administration is spoon feeding the public via its most trusted “reporter,” – Associated Press scribe Seanna Adcox.  Because her article alleges it … but offers absolutely nothing to support it.

And we all know how unreliable the Haley-to-Adcox info supply chain can be …

But even if South Carolina does have a disproportionately (and demonstrably) bad prescription drug abuse problem – this Orwellian nonsense is NOT the answer.

And that’s not just because Haley’s administration has done such a bang-up job (sarcasm alert) protecting your private information …

This website has consistently called for the legalization of all drugs – arguing government’s costly, ineffective efforts to police them is a violation of individual liberty and a waste of taxpayer resources.  But even if you believe government has the right to criminalize certain drugs and not others – or regulate certain drug markets but not others – there is absolutely no justification for the sort of privacy invasion Haley’s administration is envisioning here.

“We are invading the privacy of 100 percent of patients to find the small percentage (who are) abusing narcotics,” S.C. Sen. Kevin Bryant (R-Anderson) told FITS.

Bryant also pointed to Haley’s abysmal track record when it comes to safeguarding private information.

“South Carolina has a terrible history of protecting databases with its citizens’ personal information,” he said, referring to the infamous 2012 #SCHacked debacle.

Bryant is absolutely correct … but that’s not the real reason this proposal should be shot down.

The real reason?  Government has absolutely no business protecting citizens from themselves – whether it’s the abuse of prescription drugs, “illegal” drugs or alcohol.  And even if it did, invading everyone’s privacy in such a heavy-handed manner would do more harm than good.

That’s our take, anyway …

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