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Doctor Mark Siegel Fox News medical -- team is here to talk about that he's got a piece on foxnews.com you can read more about it but.
This does it right that we actually look at doctor -- -- -- old point your finger at him.
How dare he do that but what you're saying is that this does not.
Where does this say in the -- he's not a lone wolf.
We have a cultural problem here in the United States with how we how we look at prescription drugs.
And what a small percentage of doctors not all that not all -- for small percentage of doctors.
Misunderstand what the role what their role as a position actually is doctors are not people who write prescriptions or you can get into using drugs.
Doctors of people that are supposed to evaluate your health and say with a unique something -- -- -- supposed to first asked the question.
Does a patient actually need that drug wise beyond that he or she on that drug and what does it stem from.
You know we actually prescribed 80% of the painkillers in the world here in the United States.
And certain states -- the worst defenders like Florida has the OxyContin express where people come across the border -- buses to get -- to go to these.
Unscrupulous pain clinics where doctors profit.
From it financially in order to write prescriptions for patients that -- never even sitting -- Florida started to crack down on that.
But one thing that's come out in that Michael Jackson got in the -- murder trial.
Is that painkillers may be part of it even the problem in that case because it it appears like he was addicted to -- -- Michael Jackson was in addition to the Pope awful problem.
Now -- hopeful is an -- the -- for only for use by anesthesiologists.
Have been thinking about this a lot today if if I do an appendectomy on someone and I'm an internist.
By -- appendix.
I've got to get it right.
-- on what a legally allowed to do that by the way but I better get it right so doctor Conrad Murray's given out -- -- Which is it an anesthetic it's called the milk of anesthesia it's very hard to know how to use it.
It's got to be tight treated exactly right got to have advanced equipment around.
Should not be used in someone's home by a non anesthesiologists.
But it turns out that many anesthesiologists are actually get addicted to this drug it's a growing problem one out of five anesthesia programs in this country.
Have have someone who's been in the in the -- to -- before and the number of -- -- -- has gone up five times in the past decade.
So when you talk about.
Doctor Conrad Murray is not a lone wolf -- does this happen for nearly a month high profile.
Patients where they have a lot of money lot of power and they are trying to tell the doctor -- -- you know what they need.
And I'm glad you pointed that out that's part of the problem is the celebrity culture in April -- -- problem.
Clearly Michael Jackson was being enabled and he's not the only only one Anna Nicole Smith that we could go on and on yet.
But that's only part of the problem -- clearly it is a gun for hire for 150000 dollars a month you know might be.
Willing to forgo some of their moral or ethical consideration lot of money and that's what a lot of money -- -- -- -- get out the Asian continent novels that's for sure that's for sure but that's still doesn't that begs the question what is it doctor.
The doctors someone that has what we call hypocritical for the -- of my mother these you know the other hippocratic oath do no harm.
And that we take them very seriously shouldn't be in the profession we're clearly not in the for the money these days.
What happens when I was of the transition at what point -- you make the decision to kind of over Medicaid or do what patients says because it doesn't happen in a point of and I was like a switch again.
That's a great point it's a slippery slope and it's easy to figure fold down that slope not to the point -- -- Conrad Murray type Doctor Conrad Murray but.
Here's the slippery slope.
Patients come to see me at the end of the day they say oh by the way doctor -- -- Lehman could I have my purpose and restore and another five patients -- waiting too many doctors say.
Okay and they write it.
Wrong you should say what's this all about why -- you bring up this earlier what do you want her to -- for how long you've been on that.
All had an operation five years ago and my -- never -- the same sense wall there other possible treatments.
Is there addictive drugs because they deal with -- don't mean in the brain and they.
Basically replace something the brain itself is supposed to produce is the easiest way to to say that the brain gets.
Used to getting it from an external source and you go down that road it's hard to go back.
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