Thursday, August 11, 2005
Senator Jack Hatch, a friend to every scheduled drug seeker
This is the thing, the Pharmacy Board pulled down a chunky Federal grant to track some scheduled drugs that some people like to snort or shoot or some other method of ingestion. The fav, of course, is OxyContin, stuff's not cut with anything, so drug types get the one, two, twenty first prescription from any number of docs and then often alter the scripts to increase the number of pills. This doctor shopping is a complete headache to most folks in health care -- they want this to stop. And this database will make it much easier for pharmacists and doctors to check on the usual suspects - twenty/thirty somethings with chronic back pain and a list of the exact drugs, in order of preference, they need to 'feel better'.
Of course, the best defense would be if all docs were good, honest practitioners and could give a big @#$% you to these drug seeking creeps without thinking about the trial bar. Not happening. So the Pharmacy Board wants the legislators blessing to collect information in an effort to track down these losers.
And who is on the front line of defending the drug pushers' rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of their form of happiness? Senator Jack Hatch. He's the guy that wants to take a law abiding citizens land for economic development through the Kelo decision but is frightened of "big brother" when it comes to tracking the criminal use of scheduled drugs, like the ones favored by guys like Limbaugh and other get happy types. (Geez, what's wrong with living in a chronic state of malaise?)
The board wants Iowa to join about 20 other states that are tracking controlled substances in an effort to crack down on the abuse of prescription drugs such as painkillers.
But some lawmakers compared the government-run system with "big brother," saying it could put patients' sensitive medical information in the wrong hands.
Sen. Jack Hatch, D-Des Moines, said a record of the prescriptions Iowans take should not be in the hands of state government.
"Many citizens and legislators are rightfully concerned about protecting the confidentiality of their medical information and about the security of the proposed database itself," he said.
And these groups representing Iowa doctors - It's just two Polk County Medical Society and Iowa Osteopathic Medical Society (Des Moines University trained docs). The Iowa Medical Society, the Iowa Pharmacy Association, Iowa Hospital Association - none of these guys have a significant problem with this proposed database. And if you look close you can see that, perhaps, this issue is being pushed by a handful of local Des Moines docs with prominent roles on both the Polk County Medical Society and the DO Society. You just have to wonder what these docs are thinking.
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