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    BRIDGET JOHNSON
    APRIL 18, 2017


    WASHINGTON -- Senators are hoping to combat the opioid addiction crisis by limiting initial pain prescriptions to just a week's worth of medicine.

    The Opioid Addiction Prevention Act of 2017, introduced before the Easter recess by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), would amend the Controlled Substances Act to limit the quantity of prescriptions for acute pain, excluding chronic pain, end-of-life care and cancer treatment.

    Gillibrand argued that the change "would target one of the root causes of the opioid addiction crisis, which is the over-prescription of these powerful and addictive drugs for acute pain" like a tooth extraction or a broken bone.

    To continue to remain licensed to prescribe schedule II, III, or IV controlled substances, medical professionals would have to certify to the the Drug Enforcement Agency that initial prescriptions for acute pain don't exceed a seven-day supply and don't include refills.

    McCain cited the "over-prescription of highly addictive opioids" increasing 300 percent over the past 15 years as a root cause of the crisis.

    “In fact, people who are addicted to prescription opioids are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin," he said in a statement. "In Arizona alone, heroin and opioid overdoses have skyrocketed, with the Arizona Department of Health Services reporting that more than 1,000 people required emergency room treatment for drug overdoses in 2014 while heroin-caused deaths increased by 44 percent between 2013 and 2014."

    McCain said the legislation "builds on the important steps taken by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey last fall to tackle a root cause of this epidemic by limiting the supply of an initial opioid prescription for acute pain to seven days."

    "We have a long way to go to end the scourge of drugs across our communities, but this legislation is an important step forward in preventing people from getting hooked on these deadly drugs," he added.

    The federal legislation is also modeled after New York, which last year cut the maximum number of days for an acute pain prescription from 30 to seven days. Refills are allowed only after another consultation with the prescribing doctor.

    “Too many lives have been destroyed, too many families have been torn apart, and too many communities all over New York are suffering because of this tragic epidemic," said Gillibrand, who added that she hoped the bill would fly through the Senate.




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    Quick, one-size-fits-all, simpleminded schemes will not solve a complicated and different-for-each-patient problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Popeye View Post
    Quick, one-size-fits-all, simpleminded schemes will not solve a complicated and different-for-each-patient problem.
    Agreed! Having those that truly need pain meds, make another trip to the doctor, pay another co-pay, then make another trip to the pharmacy is simply asinine.
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    No one has accused McCain of being in touch with reality. The other one is a New York DemocRat.

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    This has got to be the stupidest thing I have read all day. It's the person not the drug. Anyone can get these same drugs on the street if the have the money and the time.

    edit- I just read the whole thing and noticed McCain is in the equation. Now I know why it is the stupidest thing I have read all day...
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    No different than the idiots who want gun control. CONTROL

    Because people abuse something or use something wrongly, it is only for our protection they limit this evil drug. Oh, yes, lets legalize a so called less potent drug, WEED so people will gladly stay away from the opiates - after all, we have our joints.

    While the politicians drink their bourbon and scotch in DC, they can tell us what is good for each and every one of us.

    BE CAREFUL....this is a backdoor attempt to gain more control.

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    I use them for chronic pain. But only for break through pain. My pain doc wants me to take 3 a day. I'm lucky if I take 3 a week.
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    I usually have some squirreled away for cases when I really need them. My doctor knows me and knows I don't like to take Tylenol, much less the hard stuff. However having some on-hand helps when needed, especially at night or the weekends, helps.
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    I pretty much write off anything McCain is involved in as total BS from the get gol This is one of the stupidest ideas to come out of him in a long time and he's had nothing but stupid ideas for years.
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    If I truly needed a real pain killer, and can't get it legally, then I have no problem seeing the 'undocumented pharmacist' downtown on the corner...Or going to the 'Dark-Net', and importing my meds from there.

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