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DEA Wants Inside Your Medical Records to Fight the War on Drugs

• The Daily Beast

Marlon Jones was arrested for taking legal painkillers, prescribed to him by a doctor, after a double knee replacement.

Jones, an assistant fire chief of Utah's Unified Fire Authority, was snared in a dragnet pulled through the state's program to monitor prescription drugs after someone stole morphine from an ambulance in 2012. To find the missing morphine, cops used their unrestricted access to the state's Prescription Drug Monitor Program database to look at the private medical records of nearly 500 emergency services personnel—without a warrant.

Jones was arrested along with another firefighter and a paramedic on suspicion of prescription fraud.

"I got a call at work from the police chief, who I know and work with," Jones testified before a state senate committee last year. "He said 'We think you have a problem, you're taking too many medications. We need to make sure you're no longer a threat to the community or yourself. So we're doing this to help you.'" 

Jones described in tearful detail what happened next.

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