To me this is going to far when Im on duty and feel like arresting a drug user I don't need no data base I just ride down the street. I can see who is abusing and selling it's called police work, patroling your beat and making contact with the citizens. This goes to far and is a invasion into one's private life and will be used for other purposes such gun control. They find a person to be on a anti-depresant who's to say they wont try and make a person mentally unfit to own. February 25, 2012 Sheriffs database access not likely to survive By Mannix Porterfield Register-Herald Reporter The Register-Herald Sat Feb 25, 2012, 12:04 AM EST CHARLESTON — For the time being, in Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s mammoth anti-drug abuse proposal, sheriffs across West Virginia have access to the Board of Pharmacy’s huge database on prescribed medications. That is apt to change come Monday, however, says Sen. Evan Jenkins, D-Cabell. Earlier in the week, Jenkins followed an amendment by Sen. Dan Foster, D-Kanawha, opening the door for sheriffs by getting a second change approved in the Senate Judiciary Committee to require deputies show “probable cause” before tapping into the database. Jenkins says he anticipates the sheriffs amendment to be removed when the governor’s bill is taken up Monday by Senate Finance Chairman Roman Prezioso, D-Marion. “I suspect we will see, in the end, a study resolution that will, over the course of the summer, enable us to craft something that protects patients’ rights and confidentiality, but also gives law enforcement the tools they need to fight this crisis,” Jenkins said. Tomblin’s director of public policy, Hallie Mason, has said the administration prefers this issue be taken up in this year’s interims. In a related vein, a fresh bill that Jenkins pushed with Sen. Mike Green, D-Raleigh, allows the Boards of Medicine, Osteopathy and Dentistry to initiate disciplinary proceedings, based on pharmacy data. Tomblin’s measure provides mechanisms to review the database, establish requirements, analyze the database and identify potential problems. “Our database in the past has really been simply reactive,” Jenkins said. Jenkins said the new bill clarifies that licensing boards have a role to play in the war against drug abuse. Ever since the session opened, the West Virginia Sheriffs Association has lobbied to liberalize the database so they could have access while conducting drug investigations. Under the current practice, no one can get inside unless a law enforcement agency has a federally recognized drug task force. Raleigh County Sheriff Steve Tanner has often said that access is crucial in a timely manner when pursuing traffickers. “This has been an interesting issue this session,” Jenkins said. “Sheriffs have understandably been very anxious to try to have access to the database.” Jenkins voiced respect for Tanner’s efforts on behalf of sheriffs, saying he understands his concern over the database. “He is out there on the front lines, doing what he can and wants to use every toll available,” he said. “I am with him on the importance of using the powerful tools we have to fight this epidemic. I applaud his passion.” But Jenkins said once police have unlimited access, the entire inventory is open to them, and they operate on an honor system. “We can’t let that practice continue,” he said. “It’s simply too risky. I’ve been pushing for a more structured process that can get law enforcement the information they need for legitimate law enforcement reasons while protecting the personal and confidential health information for everyone else.” Jenkins said he supports access, but on a limited basis, noting the database contains confidential patient information involving medications considered controlled substances that were prescribed all the way back to 2002. “There are over 42 million records in the database,” he said. “I believe we ought to be very, very careful. Through this process, I think everybody has learned a lot more about how the database works.” Jenkins said unfettered access would let sheriffs pry into 42 million records. “The sheriffs are critical in the fight against this prescription drug crisis,” he said. “They need information. They need it fast and they should have access to the database. But we also have a right to privacy. One person, using the database the wrong way, could make this information public. That’s unacceptable to me.” Jenkins said he wants an improved process in code that is used by other states on how law enforcement agencies get into the database. In talks with sheriffs and others in law enforcement, he added, “I think we’re all heading now in the same direction of better access but more proper access to the database.” Green said he readily supported SB647 that came out of the Government Organization Committee to expand the powers of the three medical boards. “Anything we can to do help combat this epidemic of prescription drug abuse, I think, is a good move in the right direction,” Green added.