Wednesday, August 04, 2004

From the Canadian Press:
Nfld. report recommends release police access health info to combat drug abuse
Police should have access to the confidential health information of drug addicts suspected of illegally obtaining prescription drugs, says a Newfoundland task force on the abuse of the powerful painkiller OxyContin.

In a report released in St. John's on Tuesday, the task force recommended the provincial cabinet authorize health officials to release to police information on individuals suspected of criminal activity to feed their drug habit. "Currently the police are limited in their ability to initiate investigations and access information," said Justice Minister Tom Marshall.

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