Legalized Killer Drugs: Death Traps in America’s ‘Pain Clinics’

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 0:39 AM
February 24, 2013

oxycotinI once cringed when doctors from Third World countries insisted that practicing physicians in the United States and Europe had sold out their profession to pharmacy and technology companies, but now I wonder if they are not correct.

While the government is resisting the flow and use of illegal drugs, over these same decades, they have encouraged the use of pharmaceutical pain killers across the country.  So-called pain clinics, abundantly prescribing these pills have sprung up everywhere, and are most available in the state of Florida.

Record overdoses of these types of deadly ‘medicines’ have increased every year. Sure, physicians are to prescribe drugs for pain when needed, but such diagnosis should never be made for physician or drug company profits.  Has our profession been seduced into becoming money-makers for drug companies?

Lindsey Tanner and Mike Stobbe, of Associated Press (AP), write:  “Drug overdose deaths rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to risks from these medicines.

“In 2010, the CDC reported, there were 38,329 drug overdose deaths nationwide. Medicines, mostly prescription drugs, were involved in nearly 60 percent of overdose deaths that year, overshadowing deaths from illicit narcotics.”

CDC (Centers for Disease Control) published its findings in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association.  As in previous years, opioid drugs––i.e. OxyContin and Vicodin––caused three-fourths of overdose deaths.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told AP:  “doctors and patients don’t realize how addictive these drugs can be, and that they’re too often prescribed for pain that can be managed with less risky drugs.  They’re useful for cancer, but if you’ve got terrible back pain or terrible migraines, using these addictive drugs can be dangerous.”

What has happen to my profession?  Is it true that doctors do not know this? Frieden says data indicates a need for more pain-clinicstate-level drug monitoring programs; and that more of these “pill mill-pain clinics” need to be shut down.

Even federal government panels now recommend the same restrictions on Vicodin and similar medications that are on known narcotic drugs like morphine.  But shut down of ‘pill mills’ will be difficult. Tom Collins of Time Magazine says:

“There are more of these pain clinics here in Brossard County [FL] than McDonald’s restaurants: 115 so-called pill mills, vs. about 70 of the burger franchises. . . . [nothing prevents] patients from getting multiple prescriptions . . .  cocaine is no longer king in South Florida. . . . oxycodone now reigns supreme.”

I am flabbergasted by this.  I’ll ask Brothers John, Jude and Michael to add this to their prayer lists.  As we say on wholesale Christian kids t-shirts, prayer still changes things (Philippians 4: 6). If not, our nation awaits God’s severe judgment.

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