My question involves public health law in the State of: Georgia, New York
I don't do drugs, but it's something that I wondered about recently. I know that doctors cannot report someone for doing drugs without violating HIPPA. It seems like a potentially common scenario. Also, if HIPPA is violated in some way, could a warrant be legally issued as a result of "word getting around". Let's say a cop's wife were a doctor or pharmacist or another medical professional who is legally authorized to give medical advice, and the doctor starts telling the cop about her day, which includes talking about the meth-head asking if they can inject their crystal meth while on their medication without dying or something along those lines (a violation of HIPPA, I know, though I haven't been able to find any info on whether or not pharmacists are bound to HIPPA). For some reason, the police officer takes it upon himself to tell others at the station about how he has information about how the doctor's patient is a meth addict. Then, if this information were given to the magistrate, would they be able to legally execute a search warrant based on this information? And practically speaking, would they in this situation? I hear about how HIPPA protects people from prosecution if someone admits drug use to a health professional, but I wonder if this law would protect someone from prosecution in this scenario. Also, are pharmacists bound to HIPPA?