Prowling in Your Medicine Cabinet


Who has access to your prescription drug records? Under a new drug monitoring program by the Washington state Health Department it looks like just about everyone. The program allows state, local, and federal law enforcement and prosecutors to access drug records. The law also permits doctors, pharmacists, health licensing and regulatory agencies, medical examiners and coroners, Medicaid officials, state officials who deal with worker's compensation, officials within the Department of Corrections, and officials of the Health Department, among others, to look at those records.