Thanks for posting this link. While I don't mind a requirement - which should come as part of medical oversight of the medical community, IMHO, rather than state by state legislatures - that a doctor have to take a course (and it wouldn't have to be extensive, and could be done via distance learning - let's make it easy for docs to do!) to prescribe certain medications, we all know the effects of too many regulations. Seems to me there are already enough regulations in place for doctors, and as the article even points out, the problem in rural areas of people finding pain specialists is a major one. Heck, some of us can't find a decent PM doctor if we live in a major city.
What bugs me even more is that my cousin, who's a pharmacist, has told me that many opiods are less harmful to the body long term than a lot of the other meds doctors try to keep us on.
I can see stepping up enforcement in areas like Florida where Pete has said it's so easy to get pain meds anyone can walk into a doctor's office and come out with a bottle. But for most of us it's such a struggle. I know there are some new guidelines for PM that are out there for doctors, giving a wide range of PM strategies to make sure they are included in an overall PM program, but most of us have been through PT, injections, etc., and even one or more surgeries. That so rarely is brought up. Makes it seem like we just walk in, complain of pain, and are given a script
for narcotics. I wish some journalists would do more behind the scenes stories and instead of posing as a pain patient where it's easy to get illegal drugs, post as a CPP in most
locations and see how easy it is to get treated.
I'd better stop. Don't want to get an argumentative thread started! Just my mood at the moment!