They call it "Ground Zero" in their ever expanding war on drugs. They now have prescription pain killers in their cross hairs and want politicos to craft legislation to snoop into patient medical records.
Right now doctors are walking a fine line between over prescribing and facing a DEA inquiry and under-prescribing to adequately treat patients with chronic pain. The whole exercise is just nutty. People in constant pain want relief and doctors don't want trouble from law enforcement.
People in pain go shopping from doctor to doctor getting all manner of pain killers at great expense and effort. The doctors feel like the government has no business in their efforts to help patients. The DEA and narco Nazi's are looking for new ways to put people in jail and prison.
The reality is about 1/10th-2/10ths of one percent of each 100,000 people manage to kill themselves each year from pain killer overdoses. Primarily because they go out looking for as doctors who will give them pain meds and they can get. Instead of giving doctors the rights to administer pain meds, the system is screwing with both doctors and patients.
There is a registry for pain meds in just about every state. Now law enforcement personnel and the DEA want access to these registries so they can go out looking for people who buy what they deem as too many pain meds. The medical community is fighting back to keep patient medical records private and the law enforcement and DEA want Carte-Blanche access to patient medical records when the involve pain meds.
The article is on page A3 of the Wall Street Journal... POLICE, PILL MILLS AND PRIVACY, Prosecutors, Doctors in Kentucky Spar Over Bill to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse. Friday, April 20th, 2012 by Timothy W. Martin