Okay, we know from previous threads (I’m thinking of this one in particular, from about a year ago) that databases are kept of prescriptions filled by pharmacies, and that pharmacists are on the lookout for patients pharmacy-shopping for one who will fill their scripts.
My neighbor is worried about this. He’s been getting pain pills (some kind of opioid) at the local pharmacy. Suddenly, he encounters a pharmacist who’s on a “crusade” (as he put it), who refused to fill his Rx because he thinks there’s too much “history” there.
This is a small one-pharmacy town. So he now may need to drive to the next town over to get his Rx filled there.
Question #1: Now that one pharmacist has declined to fill his script, is he now red-flagged in some universal database, that will make it harder for him to get his script filled in any pharmacy from here to Alpha Centauri? (This is in California.)
Question #2: Do the police have access to a database of that sort? If he gets pulled over for a burnt-out tail-light, will the cop see that he has a history of suspected Rx abuse, and pull him aside for some extra-special attention?
(Note, I personally DON’T suspect that this neighbor has any drug abuse problem.)