|Submitted||Oct. 3, 2019|
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To Whom it May Concern,
Northeastern University’s School of Social Justice and Health Equity is interested in the state’s prescription monitoring program, the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program. Specifically, we want to learn more about law enforcement access to the database, the use of an algorithm that produces a risk assessment score to analyze its contents, and the data access and retention rules governing the system. We understand the algorithm was produced by the corporation Appriss Health.
In order to permit the public to understand how the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy is using the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program, and how it impacts public health and civil liberties in Arizona, Northeastern University’s Health in Justice Action Lab is making this request under the Arizona Public Records Law § 39.101 et seq., for the following records:
1. Any and all records including information about the algorithm that determines risk scores in the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program, including but not limited to its source code, developer documentation, and operator manuals;
2. Any and all research, technical reports, or internal audits that define and/or evaluate the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program effectiveness or performance;
3. Any and all research, technical reports, or internal audits that evaluate the Appriss risk assessment tool’s effectiveness or performance;
4. Any record showing the number of patients in the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program by quarter and year (2006-present); and
5. Any and all records showing how often law enforcement entities or individuals have requested information or records from the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program, or made electronic queries of the system, including but not limited to what types of information or records have been requested, which agencies have made the requests, the percent of requests that were accepted versus denied, temporal trends, the form of the request (e.g. subpoena, warrant, etc.), and whether the requests were granted or denied.
Because this request involves a matter of public concern and because it is made on behalf of a nonprofit organization, we ask that you waive any fees. If you decide not to waive fees, we request that you permit us to examine, at our election, the responsive documents before deciding which portions to transmit. We prefer the documents in electronic format.
Should you determine that some portion of the documents requested are exempt from disclosure, please release any reasonably segregable portions that are not exempt. In addition, please note the applicable statutory exemption and explain why it applies to the redacted portions. As you know, a custodian of public records shall comply with a request within ten days after receipt.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Arizona Public Records Law request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 3, 2019. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
Good Evening Sarah Seymour-
Attached you can find the answers to your FOIA request.
Thank you so much!