Monday November 7, 2011, 8:12 pm
Evidently there's not enough oversight when it comes to these powerful pain-killers. There's a lot of money to be made in producing and prescribing them --not to mention selling them illegally. Another case for government regulation.
Tuesday November 8, 2011, 7:40 am
I have legitimate chronic pain. As a member of Kaiser Permanente, I must applaud them again. There is NO WAY a KP doctor would over-prescribe. I have to get monthly refills and doctor visits every 3 or 6 months to ascertain whether refills are still necessary.
Tuesday November 8, 2011, 1:02 pm
No more Government regulation please! And please let Dr's do what they do best and keep the Government out of my medical needs. I have had 2 Dr's retire because they felt that the Government was creating rules that did not allow them to practice medicine the way they wanted to. Almost all Cancer patients in the US die in pain. This is wrong. My Father had to go to the UK to get Cancer treatment that would allow him to be pain free. We do not ask the Government to tell a Dr what he can and cannot do ... that is between the Dr and the patient. Keep the Government out of medicine.
Tuesday November 8, 2011, 1:05 pm
Don't forget that although 15,000 people may have died from prescription drug related overdose. More than 500,000 people die each and every year from tobacco deaths that are not only legal but you can purchase cigarettes without a prescription and in every store in every state 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Don't even get me started on death caused by alcohol.
Wednesday November 9, 2011, 12:28 am
Thank you Mori H and Carole R. I have been unable to work after a serious car accident I had in 2008. I live with daily, excruciating pain, which has left me housebound. I have no quality of life. Even pain specialists/clinics refuse to give needed pain killers, even though I can prove my condition. I live pretty much everyday, praying I don't wake up the next. If my pain was treated by the drugs they initially gave me, but stopped because of all the Hollywood hype, I might be able to go back to work and have a life. My pain is so bad, that it causes me seizures, and at one point, I even had a stroke. Even then, my cries went unheard. This is beyond criminal.
Wednesday November 9, 2011, 12:33 am
For all here who say they are addictive and there is not enough oversight, then I challenge them to come here to CT and see for themselves, that people suffer because of the stigma. People sing a different tune when serious pain happens to them though! If you don't like pain pills, then don't take them ~ but other peoples lives depend on them!
Wednesday November 9, 2011, 8:21 am
And how many people overdose on marijuana yearly?? ZERO. It's a great pain killer, without all the horrible side effects or risk of overdose. Legalize, tax, regulate.
Wednesday November 9, 2011, 1:11 pm
This is sad and scary news, sometimes doctors are just too quick to write a prescription, and sometimes people go to multiple doctors and none of them know what all the person is taking. Something definitely needs to be done here.
Sunday November 27, 2011, 7:12 am
the problem is dr hopping patients. the ones who go to many different drs for the same rx, then go to different pharmacies to get them filled. Thats not the drs fault it is the patients.
Like Jennifer said marijuana is a effective treatment for many ailments and very safe.