To fight the war on drugs, DEA wants access to your medical records

To fight the war on drugs, DEA wants access to your medical records
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Marlon Jones was arrested for taking legal painkillers, prescribed to him by a doctor, after a double knee replacement.

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Jones was hit with 14 felony counts but all of them were later dropped.

Now the Drug Enforcement Administration wants that same kind of power, starting with access to an Oregon database containing the private medical data of more than a million people.

The DEA has claimed for years that under federal law it has the authority to access the state’s Prescription Drug Monitor Program database using only an “administrative subpoena.” These are unilaterally issued orders that do not require a showing of probable cause before a court, like what’s required to obtain a warrant.

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