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Prescription drug problem is addressed

October 28, 2013

Prescription drug abuse has skyrocketed, and local state House representatives have passed a bill to address aspects of the problem. It awaits a state Senate vote....

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Oct-28-13 6:21 PM

Isn't this the same type of monitoring put in place so we can't buy certain types of cold medication OTC without showing ID, finding an open pharmacy, etc? All so we can curb meth production? People are still making and selling meth, and the only people inconvenienced by the rules are law abiding people who have a bad cold.

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Oct-28-13 12:38 PM

Doc, I agree that the pharmacist should be the monitoring point but even FL is having problems getting pharmacists to comply. According to Health News Florida, only a third of pharmacists are using the database and only 10% of doctors. Until they make it a mandatory requirement instead of voluntary, it won't have the success they are hoping for.

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Oct-28-13 11:20 AM

This was a big discussion in Florida a couple years ago. The web base should be only accessed by the Pharmacist not the Dr. The Pharmacist can see that so and so filled whatever on a certain date and then can refuse to fill it. The Pharmacist is the one who actually dispenses the drugs. The Dr's could write as many Rx's as they want but if the Pharmacist could quickly check a database he could see whether or not that person is Dr shopping and this is who the website should be accessed by and still within the limits if HIPPA and refuse to fill it and no matter what Pharmacy they go to they'll access the same thing and refuse them again and again UNLESS the Pharmacist just wants the $$$ but that's a whole other issue.

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Oct-28-13 10:38 AM

This sounds like a landlord problem, if landlords would just do a good background check and call the tenants doctor to get a prescription list, problem solved.

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Oct-28-13 9:35 AM

We need pain drugs because you're in office.

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Oct-28-13 7:42 AM

this is a problem that I have been dealing with for at least one year now with a family member who went to rehab and now back in it again due to the perssure from people she worked with and thinking it is okay now. NOT okay, There is to many sellers out their and to easy to get their hands on. I hope sometime real soon someone puts a end to easy presciption drugs. I am loosing a family member from and the child involved doesn't deserve this in their lives either.. Help someone

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Oct-28-13 7:41 AM

This is putting a bandaide on a splinter. I highly doubt the data base will be checked by a Dr!

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