From the Huffington Post. Second part of “a balanced series on balance.”
Radley Balko: The New Panic Over Prescription Painkillers.
Mr. Balko’s article is well informed, and makes a strong argument for the imbalance in policy and enforcement. It would be a useful study to evaluate the number of hospital ED visits in Florida over the next year to determine if the recent actions against CVS and Caremark there will decrease the willingness of legitimate prescribers and pharmacies to care for citizens in pain who require opiates. Unfortunately, the tragic loss of lives and livelihood of a relatively few (but not individually insignifcant) persons abusing prescribed opioids garners far more headlines and public angst at present than do the millions of persons living and dying with inadequately treated pain. Until the regulators and legislators hear from those suffering pain because of insufficient access, whether it be in the US or abroad, that impaired access to opioids to worsen, I fear.
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