A new program unveiled Tuesday by California Attorney General Jerry Brown will provide doctors, pharmacists and police with a new weapon to slow down the rising tide of prescription drug abuse in the state. And Danville resident Bob Pack is largely responsible.
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Posted by Farmer Dave, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Sep 18, 2009 at 9:46 am Farmer Dave is a member (registered user) of Danville Express
I'm concerned that the CURES may be worse than the disease. Now we will have a state database of exactly what medications all our residents are using. It will do nothing to deter the use of illegal drugs, even though those statistics were confusingly added to the article.
Much was made of the technical safeguards to privacy, but the database will be accessed by humans. We know from "scoops" on celebrity hospital records how secure that can be.
George Orwell's prediction was only 15 years premature.
Posted by Jerold Kaplan, M.D., a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Sep 18, 2009 at 10:19 am
As a physician, I laud CURES. Pain is a great disabler, and should and can be controlled, but unfortunately, a significant number of individuals are addicted or illegally diverting drugs. There is currently no easy way for a physician to know what other prescriptions a patient has obtained, and on several occassions I have been called by pharmacists who have discovered multiple prescriptions obtained by "doctor shopping". The data base, I hope, will not be open to everyone, so that the small possible loss of privacy will be more than offset by an addition to public safety.