Recently, I purchased Mucinex D from my local pharmacy. On the aisle of the cold remedies, only pictures cards of Mucinex D were displayed, instead of the product, so I assumed it needed to be obtained from the counter. I took one of the cards to the counter and was asked to produce a driver’s license. I assumed the pharmacist wanted to make sure I was at least 18 years of age. Instead, he scanned the bar code, which was followed by a paragraph and a signature block on the screen normally used for a debit or credit card signature. The paragraph stated something about federal law and the sale of pseudoephederine being kept in a database and monitored.
Now, I am all for law enforcement with probable cause and a warrant kicking in the door of a suspected meth producer.
However, who is the federal government to know what type of cold medicine I am purchasing and to keep a database on what type of cold medicine I am purchasing? I have never manufactured or sold drugs, but I am placed under scrutiny by the federal government for purhcasing cold medicine.
Also, the fact information is entered into a database by swiping the magnetic strip on my driver’s license gives the DL more of a national id use, instead of what it is intended for.
Thank you, Big Sis!