The North Carolina Sheriff’s Association wants access to the database of prescription painkiller users in the State.  They need this information, they say, to combat the problem of doctor shopping and prescription painkiller overdoses.  The database contains information on people who have a prescription for narcotics or other controlled substances.  If this doesn’t make your hair stand on end, nothing will.

According to the Gaston Gazette, the NC Sheriff’s Association met with a legislative study group and presented their request on Tuesday.  The Association plans to ask the General Assembly to grant this request in January.

The potential for abuse of this data is immense.  Your God-Given and constitutionally protected right to be secure in your in your ‘persons, papers, houses and effects’ will be diminished.  Your constitutionally protected right to be secure against unreasonable search and seizure will be compromised.  Have we strayed so far from our founding principles that we don’t need even need warrants anymore?

I would surely like to know what Sheriff Midgett and Sheriff Candidate Doughtie think of this plan.

Let Sheriff Midgett know what you think of this idea by emailing him.