Today’s winner is Florida State Representative Jack Seiler. He gets the award for the following.
Should Broward County be the state’s first county to have a prescription-drug monitoring program?
It’s a question state legislators are expected to take up in March, thanks to a bill the Broward Legislative Delegation has approved.
Under the proposal, a pilot program in Broward County overseen by county officials would begin by 2009, letting local doctors and police tap into a database to make sure people aren’t improperly getting medication from several doctors, a practice called “doctor shopping.”
“This is a crisis, and it needs to be addressed,” said state Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Wilton Manors.
He sponsored the bill on behalf of local database advocates concerned about overdoses, including police, judges, prosecutors, drug-abuse officials, physicians and family groups.
Somehow the deaths of 700 people statewide(Florida has approximately 16 million residents) using either oxycodone or methadone justies invading people’s privacy. Call it a crisis, that’s the magic code word in order to let law enforcement and the government know how much medications I take for my Stage III cancer and for the edema in one of my legs.
Simply put there is no justification for the legislation Seiler is proposing. Law enforcement has plenty of tools to catch those doctor shopping and I draw the line at letting them invade law abiding citizen’s medical privacy. Seiler wants to give them a helping hand, I’ll give him something. I name Florida State Representative Jack Seiler today’s Knucklehead of the Day.