The DeKalb Libertarian Party affiliate has released the following statement on the passage of SB 406 in the Georgia State Senate. The bill will now head over to the house for consideration.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement on behalf of the Libertarian Party of DeKalb County expressing it’s opposition to Senate Bill 406, The Prescription Drug Monitoring Act:
"The Libertarian Party of DeKalb County vehemently opposes passage of SB 418, the so called Prescription Drug Monitoring Act as an outrageous extension of the failed War on Drugs. This bill's sole purpose is to allow local and state law enforcement agencies to ignore the 4th Amendment and to conduct online searches of medical records for signs of possible drug abuse by allowing those agencies access to every medical record in the state of Georgia. Unreasonable search and seizure? Certainly. Unconstitutional? Beyond doubt.
SB 406 also ensures that Georgia’s citizens who suffer from daily chronic pain may not be able to get needed medication as this bill would cause some medical professional’s to stop prescribing them to avoid being placed on the watch lists this bill would certainly create. Senate Bill 406 is an unwarranted intrusion on the privacy of the citizens of Georgia and should be stopped.
Libertarian Party of DeKalb County
Christopher Barber, Acting Chair
Barbara Rickard, Secretary
Shane Bruce, Legislative Affairs Chair