The federal government’s move to ditch confidentiality regulations for substance use disorder treatment will increase patients’ exposure to law enforcement investigations, despite claims to the contrary.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is pushing through a proposal that would allow the courts to seize all patient records in the investigation of a serious crime—not just those of the patient who allegedly committed the crime. In addition, it is redefining “serious crime” to include “drug trafficking,” which it doesn’t define. It could be conflated with drug use.
The proposal was published in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register on August 26. It is one of two NPRMs published that day which would make deep cuts into protections for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment records.
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