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DEA Agents Impersonating Medical Board Investigators To Gain Access To Personal Health Records

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I deal with information security quite a bit at my cubicle job. I don’t know everything there is to know about information security, but one thing that I know for sure is that medical records have a heightened level of protection. I think that is common knowledge by now. Personal health records are not public records, and only people that qualify for that information are allowed to access it. That is, unless you are a DEA agent. Per Watch Dog:

Instead, the agents are tricking doctors and nurses into thinking they’re with the Texas Medical Board. When that doesn’t work, they’re sending doctors subpoenas demanding medical records without court approval.

The DEA can’t even count how many times it has resorted to the practice nationwide. A spokesman estimated it was in the thousands.

But, as a legal brief filed last week points out, lawyers for the federal government can’t find a single case in which a court has “authorized the use of such a broad array of patient information with such a sparse record as to why it needs such information.”

Obviously these DEA agents are just fishing for information, otherwise they would have warrants signed by judges that would allow them to legally obtain this information. This is yet another example of the DEA doing what it wants, regardless of what the rules are. The DEA needs to be de-funded and shut down immediately. By their own admission, they don’t even know how many times they have done this, just that it’s likely ‘in the thousands.’ That’s clearly unacceptable.

  • Ian Mackenzie

    this should be considered a criminal offense, fines termination and jail time is in order for the DEA

    • Johnny oneye

      Yeah that’s delicious

  • Johnny oneye

    Through budget cuts and legalization
    OBAMA take down these walls!

  • Kajira M

    HIPAA be damned. We’re the DEA and therfore above the law. No wait, we are the law, yeah, that’s it.

    Seriously though, what will be done about this incredible intrusion into highly personal medical records?

  • Cleanslate

    The DEA is as corrupt and lawless as its creator Richard Nixon. It is a pox on the American public. The war on drugs only benefits the cartels and the DEA.

  • TOPDOG1

    ..Secret courts, loyalty purges.The D.E.A. and F.D.A. have become the U.S. equivalent of Gestapo S.S.. The D.E.A. was a bad idea to start with and has only gotten worse ever sense. States are able to do their job. They don’t need the D.E.A. I don’t need the D.E.A. You don’t need the D.E.A. .Nobody needs the D.E.A. They are misappropriating and commandeering billions of dollars of public funds that America can no longer justify..Their funding needs to be cut by,at least, ninety-five to ninty-nine percent and all need to be restructured to a much smaller and much more restrained gang of Authoritarian sociopaths.. This is a group of renegade law enforcement completely out-of-control .and way over-the-top.They are using the war on drugs as a smokescreen and a ruse to subvert our Civil and Human rights and increasingly more as a ruse to seize cash and property in their war on the American people.Also, through gross incompetence, have made it nearly impossible for a pain sufferer to get treatment without being thrown in jail.

    mismanagement and unwise misuse of their responsibility has,nearly, completely destroyed the science and research of anything they don’t approve of. If society is to survive these people must go. The drug war is just a ruse for an Authoritarian power grab. Other country’s that allow easy access to pain medication do not have a major drug problem. It is these government villains here who are orchestrating this farce.

  • Sinclair

    Power hungry and corruption with out any regard for decency. The DEA are out of control shut them down.

  • jimheffner

    De-fund, the sooner the better.

  • Mike Johnson

    What are they fishing for?

    • HCV

      Opioid dispensing numbers along with inappropriate / somewhat odd Rx practices’ in relation to the Pt’s medical condition by the attending Physician. Like those that give out OxyContin for hang nails. But this investigative practice is still outside any legal boundary. In Florida the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement does this all the time, but they tell the Physician upfront and they are allowed to chart review under the “Prescription Monitoring Program”. Which you as the Pt. agree to when you enter a pain management treatment when you sign a treatment contract.
      All of which is still bullshit.