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Law Enforcement Sues State Licensing Department To Obtain Access to Prescription-Database Without a Warrant

Close up of doctor's hand at computer typingThe Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) believes a Utah physician may have ties to an international drug cartel, and it wants access to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program to continue its investigation. But Utah requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant before they scour prescription drug records in the database. However, instead of securing a warrant, the DEA has sued the state’s Department of Commerce and Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to gain access to the database with an administrative subpoena, maintaining its federal authority trumps the state law. Read more about this investigation’s nationwide impact here.

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