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New Database on US!!
TDXSP08 posted:
starting next year 34 states have signed up to a new Federal Information System that will give Police Doctors and Pharmacists the ability to see what Doctors and what medications you have been RX'ed in 34 states and climbing. which for abusers and pill poppers well thats just bad news, but for US i think it will be a great thing it shows we are honest in our historys and what not in the future when we lose a Doc to retirement or insurance issues and things like that, Showing un tamperable proof from our pharmacist is good but this will take it to the next level and show almost nationwide we where not getting med's from other Docs.

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annette030 responded:
I am currently in a state that has no data base covering opiates. I have no problem with this if it becomes law. I follow the rules and have no problem with the cops or other doctors knowing about it. I know some folks are leery of this due to problems with privacy, I understand, but I just don't worry about it.

Take care, Annette
REDDOGG43 responded:
I have no problem with this law myself. But to me it does start to seem to be a invasion of privacy. I take my meds on time every time and never accept any other pain meds from another DR than my PM Dr. If I do have to go to the hospital for a miragraine and they write my something else even if is the same thing I take already. That script is droped off at my PM Dr with cancled written on it by me. It is a good thiong to stop people who are making bad waves for people that really need pain meds to get by not to get high. Still just think it is getting into the privacy act a little to much if they are getting it from your Dr. They can allready obtain that info from the pharmices. But it will not bother me a bit. GOD BLESS!
gailb54 responded:
All in all I think this will benefit those of us who for years have taken narcotics, probably will for life, and who follow the rules. My biggest two problems with this are first, when mistakes might be made, as they always are with humans entering information, and the misinformation being used against us. But, also, with someone like cops seeing this information and doubting whether we "should" be taking these meds and the amounts and judging us wrongly as druggies.

I think as many of us have seen family or friends judge us, who know we have severe pain, we can almost expect that some others will do the same. Just my concerns. Overall, however, I do hope it will be a way to SHOW that we are doing exactly what our pain doctors expect from us in case we need to change doctors or if there is ever just any doubt. I wish that I didn't feel the doubts about it that I do.

Maybe this will be a way to cut back on those who doctor-shop and don't really need the medications like we do. I sure hope it benefits rather than harms those of us who already are in serious pain.

An_223035 replied to gailb54's response:
just wait until you are pulled over by an officer who has access to that data and "determines" you as an unsafe operator of a motor vehicle - then we have serious problems. people will always judge, but especially law enforcement who is unable to understand our conditions and the amount of medications we have to take. it is a bad idea if you want to continue to drive.

and yes, humans do make mistakes, but so does law enforcement if they want to.
annette030 replied to An_223035's response:
Under what circumstances are police able to pull that information? In some states that already have data bases like that, the police need to have a warrant signed by a judge to access that particular data base. So they can't do it on the side of the road, they wait until after they have given you a ticket/summons and you go to court. Doctors and pharmacies use the data bases more often from what I have read.

There are only a few states, about 7, I think, that even allow us to drive while we are taking any opiates. Those are laws that should be changed, we should be allowed to drive unless impaired. It is that way, where I live, and I doubt I would move into a state that didn't allow driving while on opiates. Driving while on benadryl or many other meds is more hazardous than driving while taking long term opiates.

Take care, Annette
MaMaTwig replied to annette030's response:
I agree with you Annette030, that wouldn't be fair if we weren't allowed to drive while taking an opiate, do you happen to know which states don't allow you to drive while taking an opiate? I would say most of us need to drive, If not to work, Dr. appts., etc. The way my husband works it would be very hard for him to drive me everywhere.

You are right...Some cough medicine and cold medicine is worse than a long term opiate, alot of them make you feel dizzy, sleepy, or just feeling like your intoxicated.

Take Care.....Christina :)
annette030 replied to MaMaTwig's response:
Sorry, I don't know which ones other than where I live. I read about it in our local newspaper.

Take care, Annette

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