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Some growing controversy surrounding a proposed plan to crack down on the abuse prescription painkillers and it's certainly -- growing problem in this country and we're talking about overdosing.
With painkillers and backed government statistics show that fatal overdoses involving pain killers.
Now take more lives than heroin and cocaine.
Well now the FDA is considering a plan to limit daily doses of painkillers like -- in an OxyContin.
And restrict their use -- just ninety days for non cancer patients.
Critics say though that this plan could hurt people who suffer from serious chronic pain -- actually not solve the problem -- hand.
Just -- is with us an addiction expert who -- a recovery program called rebound -- plan.
And doctor -- but -- is in attending physician at Winthrop university hospital in New -- wouldn't take a look at this subject from both.
Both sides joke.
Why many are painkillers.
So dangerous and so deadly with so many different drugs out there.
Why the -- their highly addictive from one it doesn't take very much for people to build a physical dependence on them.
Much quicker than ninety days.
I personally think that alcohol gets a free pass this I think -- if we're looking at the overdose problem and we're looking for.
The solution to it if you view it as we're detectives.
And we know there are two murderers wire -- only looking at one -- -- saying that ended the mixing up the drug dissenting that the government may be so look at her for health officials need to look at rather than just a drive from anecdotal and there's I don't have any statistical data that you work with can we do and we see it every day and most of the overdose is that we see.
Have -- when people are mixing alcohol with these medications.
That doesn't mean these medications are safe by on their -- and it doesn't mean you can't overdose with them on the ground but there is something that exacerbates the problem when people are drinking alcohol.
In addition to taking them.
Doc what do you think about this LA times report this -- -- about this potential ninety -- limit so he had surgery you had some sort of pain.
You get ninety days of a prescription for a painkiller and that's and it's good that.
Is that a good idea to consider what I'm very pleased that this issue is being race we prescribe a 105 to six million prescriptions.
The high tech page saying compounds -- -- -- 47 million patients.
-- prescribing catching these prescriptions.
Yes the -- patients who need these prescriptions for the kits and medical -- -- to say -- off to wisdom teeth.
Extraction there are many patients with chronic paying -- hundred.
Million patients in the United States are taking these medications for chronic pain.
Say the problem -- yet it's not just.
Prescribing these medications but it's the length of the prescriptions he sketching them all that being prescribed to -- for it -- What's the time -- you do not me ninety days prescription if you having your wisdom teeth from aides say the length of the prescription has run offense.
The problem with this issue is that.
We know that addiction is a huge problem and the problem is getting -- 151000.
But there all people he -- he's not a life and coming after a little bit about that because it seems like these drugs are so dangerous.
Are they so grades.
That it's it's good to still have had them on the market or should there be it may be a consideration for even having these drugs legal and out there -- -- so there are they so good for the people that -- -- -- -- yes they were originally developed for people with terminal cancers so the issue was to keep them comfortable we didn't really worry too much about them being addicted.
There's a byproduct.
So they do have a legitimate medical.
Purpose they think I think that the the situations that there's not enough controls.
Put on and I personally believe there should be an additional license -- for physicians to be able to prescribe it.
Where they would have to have some knowledge about addiction and what to look form with the screen -- Word out of our expenditures saying that I I text integrated I think cool so it's not just about the -- south it's about the education and -- with a pell.
So we must be responsible doctors to prescribe to remember to tell patients.
Do not take the pain medication if you do not requiring -- we should not be prescribing long cool says we should remember to tell patients about the risk.
Of alcohol and other medications that may -- -- And we must also remember that women describing not stakes is that these medications that the -- -- -- of these pills around in the -- And they need to be -- security and safe away from people.
-- you may have access to these when -- not even being prescribed to them.
What do that the access to alternative therapies one patient advocacy -- -- -- they really disagreed with this limitation because.
-- advocates for folks that do not have cancer but live with chronic pain is as you're mentioning doctor -- they were saying.
Access to other therapies that there's physical therapy or anything else that will help a patient.
Is so challenging compared to actually getting a prescription that that's what we need to change in our -- -- hanging there.
Is something that's that's very much needed I think that one of the things that we see that addicts do is they have chronic back pain that can't be identified.
That's one of the things we hear all the time it's this mysterious back pain that can.
You hear that -- when I'm -- fortunately many patients with chronic pain has not being fully assessed by paying position their ought to ought to -- specialize just in managing pain.
But many patients have -- -- -- an appointment with those kind of dog says and they being on repeat repeat -- that -- -- restrictions and I do think there is the role from regular review of these patients what to make sure that they are on the best regime that when looking at his side effects that we ripped reviewing these just.
Actually your final thoughts on that to have my final thoughts -- that I think there's lots of ways to manage pain for sure I think that is a very dangerous medications.
In -- said that they kill more than heroin and cocaine combined.
They also -- more than car accidents than some people have to keep that reminds us the context of the scope of this problem and just how deadly it is so great context for us today thank you both for coming -- We appreciate it very much as always thank you thank you talk.
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