As a resident of South Florida I can tell you how bad this issue is here but I do not support a database tracking my prescriptions...and I think if you are going to impliment something like that it needs to be universal...track everyones mediciations of every kind, don't single out the chronic pain patients! I mean honestly, the gov't cannot manage to keep THEIR classified information from being hacked into, how am I suposed to have faith that mine wont be? And once something is in a computer like that its there, it isn't going to go away, and who knows how it could come back to bite us in the butt 10 yrs from now.
This article is incorrect is saying that Gov Scott is back on board with the pill database for our state (unless something has changed in the last few days and I somehow missed it in our local news, which I highly doubt). I don't support Gov Scott on much but I do support him on this. I think they need to focus on these pill mill offices and not on punishing legitimate patients. The fact of the matter is that the people who want to abuse drugs are going to do so...they launched a hardcore campaign against OxyContin not so many years ago so the abusers found something else.
You can spot an illigitimate office a mile away, and as legitimate patient I avoid them like the plague...if an office only takes cash payments, is running their own pharmacy, accepts mostly walk-in patients and has a line a mile long outside the door its kinda obvious what they are doing. My doc doesnt accept walk-ins, never even has a full waiting room let alone a group of people waiting outside the office (I've honestly never been in the office, door to door, longer than 30mins for routine appointments), and I am drug tested "randomly" (every 3 months) We already have to jump through hoops (docs wont prescribe narcotics on 1st visit, no matter your history, drug testing, etc.) just to get the medications we needs and all those steps do is make it more difficult for those of this who legitimately need these medications, how many abusers is this actually stopping? Very few from my experience b/c they know they can just go to these pill mill offices and get whatever they need and not have to worry about the hoops.
We need to crack down on these crooked doctors who are prescribing hundreds and hundreds of pills per patient every month, passing them out like Skittles, and gladly feeding people's addictions to line their pockets.
Just my 2 cents :)
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