DA’s urge database for prescription drugs

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Several Pennsylvania district attorneys appeared Thursday at a Wilkinsburg substance abuse treatment center to support legislation in Harrisburg that would create a prescription drug database.

The prosecutors, including Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. and David J. Freed, Cumberland County’s DA and the president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, said the database would help crack down on opioid prescription drug abuse.

That, in turn, they said would aid law enforcement in combating the proliferation of heroin throughout the state.

The prosecutors’ appearance at Pyramid Pittsburgh was meant to lend support for Senate Bill 1180.

Mr. Freed said privacy advocates had raised concerns about the creation and use of a prescription drug database that he believes are unwarranted.

A database would not be used for law enforcement fishing expeditions but would instead be used to gather evidence to obtain search warrants, he said.

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