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Florida's new law requiring drug tests for anyone who is prescribed a narcotic for an illness, seems an unreasonable search and seizure no different than a welfare recipient. Myelderly mother has done nothing wrong, never committed a crime, never "doctor shopped" or "pharmacy shopped" or done anything to make a doctor or anyone else worry that she uses illegal drugs or that she gets drugs from multiple doctors etc. She is a compliant patient, good person, and is humiliated by the required drug testing, for the sole reason of being a sick person with chronic pain. of sourse, she complies, but the new system of treating chornically ill people has brought her to tears on numerous occasions and I feel so bad for her. After making some calls, it seems all of the doctors who have chosen to take the legal risk of prescribing narcotics, all do drug testing because it is "required" or because "the law/legal risk is too high not to require drug tests whether you are a concern or not". In addition to the humiliation factor, there is a co-pay which she cannot afford every month or occasionally every other month if she is lucky, and when they drug tested by accident one day early because of an appointment change to 29 days rather than 30 days, she was charged the full amount because insurance would not cover it. ITs bad enough she had to no longer get her prescriptions from her trusted specialist who has been treating her illness for years, and now go to see a rude pain doctor who has no feelings whatsoever, has 10 minutes or less for an appointment, doesn't know her name or her symptoms or her history and details of her illness, but she feels like she is treated like a criminal and has to pay money to be treated that way.
If it is illegal to drug test a welfare recipient solely for being a welfare recipient, how is it legal to drug test a sick person, solely for being sick enough to be treated with a medication on a list?
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