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Prescription drug abuse and gun ownership...
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I never really thought about it before, but I had heard where persons who have been proven to have abused controlled substances are forbidden from owning firearms. Since I've never known anyone who fell into this category and in the wake of Sandy Hook I'm kind of wondering how this clause applies since now a lot of people are talking about adding a lot more drugs to the list, namely mood altering drugs like SSRIs. In order to get nailed by this clause does a person have to be arrested with a felony in connection to a controlled substance in order to be banned from owning guns? Under this clause though wouldn't that make this law redundant in that felons by definition from my understanding aren't allowed to own guns? If someone checks themselves into rehab voluntarily for a controlled substance addiction, are they automatically added to the banned list? Can a medical professional who say doesn't like someone, or is anti 2A contact the ATF and forever ban a patient from owning firearms (unless they had it overturned in court of course) by arbitrarily claiming they've got some addiction? I'm reminded of the case of Gregory Girard where his wife was a medical professional, and could have had a reason (in her mind) to want to forbid her husband from owning firearms.

Thanks for the info!
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#2
I'm sure with this new 0boz0 care and gun ban, i'll be in their sights for being on paxil.
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#3
bogey1;59090 Wrote:I'm sure with this new 0boz0 care and gun ban, i'll be in their sights for being on paxil.

Well you can be a little relieved in that PA does not have a state prescription database (yet) that they would need to enforce such legislation if they pass legislation like this.

Brings up an interesting point though. If they passed a law like this how many people would intentionally quit using their anti-anxiety meds in order to stay off such a database? Then, because of that be more likely to snap and have a violent confrontation of some sort. I imagine it would also deter people from getting diagnosed with various mental illnesses making it harder to detect the people most likely to snap, and less likely to get the help with dealing with it. In the end it will probably increase the number of mass shootings.
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#4
I often wondered about that myself.. Ive been stocking up on it. I only take one pill every other day. Seems to be working.
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#5
I take Pexeva (paxil) without the side effects. I also take xanex for anxiety. This is causing me a great deal of worry. If we are smart enough to get help and the meds dont make us aggresive isnt that a good thing? If I had to I would quit taking my meds as not to become prohibited. So now we go from one extreme to another?
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#6
The question is about abuse but it makes me wonder if a doctor or anyone in a position of authority could look at long term proper use as prescribed and claim that it's an addiction even there is no evidence of any sort of abuse.
If that's the case could that be held against someone?
That's the scary part of this situation.
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#7
How is this any different than someone who suffers a really bad break-up?

Are gun owners going to be made to report their love lives to the state? Oh yeah she got preggers and now she moved out and is taking you for child support---NO GUNS bye bye.
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mauser;59165 Wrote:The question is about abuse but it makes me wonder if a doctor or anyone in a position of authority could look at long term proper use as prescribed and claim that it's an addiction even there is no evidence of any sort of abuse.
If that's the case could that be held against someone?
That's the scary part of this situation.

The scary part to me is whenever there is no cut and dry formula for something and too much is left up to interpretation people will be unfairly kept from ownership. Think character clause.
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#9
To be honest, my first reaction to the op as your getting too paranoid. After some thought, it could be a very scary scenario. Doctors of all types do have some power and influence that could make the scenario reality.
lets face it if the asshole in the oval office and the rest of the democrats want to fuck us royally all they have to do is blackmail different kind of professionals. How would we fight the abuse that could stem from it, hell bad eyesight can result in having your drivers license revoked. seizures is another reason and it must be reported to pendot.
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#10
Abuse of controlled substances can happen unintentionally and doesn't always end with the person being charged with a crime. For example, a person that was legitimately prescribed a opiate-based pain medication may develop dependence on the medication. This doesn't result with the physician calling the police to report substance abuse. Addiction is viewed as a medical problem and there are ways to treat addiction. Where the people run into the problem is when they get their hands on medications that weren't prescribed to them and are busted by cops while they were driving high as a kite.

Healthcare professionals have to comply with HIPAA and cannot divulge patient health information without facing some type of repercussion. Short of you threatening self-harm or harm to others, healthcare professionals should not be discussion your personal medical history.

SSRIs are not controlled substances. Controlled substances are generally drugs that can cause dependence (e.g., methadone, oxycodone, etc).
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