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Hello welcome to -- -- undocumented American drug companies are leading the way in eradicating -- But they have also created a very -- byproduct painkiller addiction in fact more than 161000.
People die from overdosing.
On prescription pain pills every year.
Joining me now is Michael bars the executive director of the center for lawful -- and abuse the -- thank you for being here thank you doctor very important topic.
Very important for me as a practicing physician.
Because I am.
I don't know what to do some times.
But let me start with -- -- very important question what which pain pills are the most addictive and deadly right now well.
All of the OPO a pain relievers are.
Very dangerous if they're not used properly if they are used properly of course that there are safe but we.
Also need to bear in mind that we're not just dealing with -- -- -- that all controlled substances by their definition are more dangerous.
And they need to be dealt with with more care and so one of the things that is necessary so that doctors can feel comfortable prescribing these medications.
Is that they engage in education.
Mandatory education is something that would be ideal.
In order to be able to prescribe controlled substances one of the signs that someone is addicted to.
Painkillers -- from a family perspective -- you'll see the changes in behavior of the person will have a different set of friends load not to be able to engage productively in the typical sorts of activities.
Probably be showing a physical signs and symptoms of as well.
But you've also got to realize that that the issues associated with drug abuse are not necessarily just the addiction could be the diversion of the controlled substances to.
And that's something that can happen unwittingly so if you have a prescription medication that's your own.
You've got to be careful you've got a store that medication responsibly so that someone doesn't come in your home and take it put it on the street or use it himself.
But -- here's my thing I operate on you I give you per percent.
Typically I say you know take it for 23 days when you are feeling better stop to -- to something else Motrin Tylenol one -- you want right.
Problem is that patients don't want to feel any pain.
And this is -- -- that you know with its lost in translation.
You know they they they take a full course.
And they say I -- more.
And now doctors get caught into the whole thing should I give them more as the pain real.
I mean it seems to me that there's a disconnect there and yeah -- do a better job or more awareness which is what you're doing.
Yes but -- failure for stress professional discretion you believe that the person really only needs two to three days worth of this medication wouldn't it be ideal if you prescribed only that appropriate amounts of the medication.
And then if the person had a problem and still needed a stronger medication the person could seek refill our -- greater number of very strong controlled substances.
But I think that's the issue that we really need to deal with through education is making sure that a dentist is in prescribing ninety days worth -- very powerful -- -- coat on when a -- having it.
-- -- bingo.
Bingo now let's on the -- deliberate delivery methods that people are getting -- Yes some examples so much of the problem with prescription drug abuse that we've heard about it is associated with the long acting pain relievers that.
We're intended to give the medication over a period of a day but -- the people who abuse medications quickly -- you can crush it and snorted.
Or you can melted and injected and then you give you immediate high and it's extremely dangerous because you get all the active ingredient at once and so that's the big issue.
You've heard about the abuse of oxy code own flight and that's the issue that now we're dealing with on a very tight deadline because April 16.
Is when we're gonna see possibly an influx of very powerful pain medications that can be crushed and snorted or melted and injected.
After some of the manufacturers already removed there was products and replace them safer product so -- we're very concerned that we need the FDA and if not the FDA congress to prevent these medications from.
Flowing back and our communities come April 16.
Your organization is one of -- leading organizations that bring awareness and efforts what else are you doing.
In order to all -- and what can people do along with your organization.
To make sure this April 16 deadline gets holds it for a moment and people think exactly what you gonna vote on that.
Thanks for asking that because this is the urgent thing that we're dealing with we have a comprehensive national strategy -- right now again at less than a two week deadline to deal with this threat of these Crespo medications coming back to market.
-- so what people need to do urgently is to write to the FDA it's possible to do so through email.
Right to your member of congress and say please do not allow these medications to come back to the market the powerful low Buick pain relievers must be crush resistant in tamper resistant to.
At the prevent certain forms of abuse this is not a silver bullet this is not something is gonna prevent -- -- menu items -- too many.
But it's one way that we can make a difference as part of that comprehensive national strategy well thank you very much.
What can people get more information on this you can find -- you know the FDA or your member of congress through -- dot org that's the LAD dot org.
All right -- thank you so much an important topic I want everybody out there to get involved.
Because we have to eradicate this problem have to bring some safety factors.
To this whole issue thank you again from coming.
Kenny do you have any health questions you wanna talk to me about email me Arafat said doctor may have -- not come until next time.
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