Bid to give police access to real-time S8 script data

Patient information would help them identify 'criminal entrepreneurs'

Patient information contained in the upcoming national real-time script monitoring system would be handed to police investigators under a proposal from the criminal intelligence agency.

The system, which will alert doctors about to prescribe S8 drugs of previous scripts, has long been seen as the key to stopping doctor-shoppers and reducing the misuse of addictive medicines. 

The Federal Government announced funding for a national system in July last year.

However, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), a Federal Government agency that investigates organised