This is a "friend of the court" brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit by the ACLU of RI, the National ACLU, the ACLUs of New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Puerto Rico, and the New Hampshire Medical Society. The brief is in support of New Hampshire’s resistance to an administrative subpoena it received from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, seeking two years of information from the state’s prescription drug (PDMP) database about a patient.  The brief argues that law enforcement agents need a judicial warrant in order to obtain information from state PDMP databases.


Nathan Freed Wessler, Robert B. Mann

Date filed

May 29, 2019