Old Folks Treating Pain

Old folks getting Oxy isn’t breaking the budget.

Taxpayers subsidized multiple prescriptions of hydrocodone, fentanyl, oxycodone and other narcotics at a cost of $148 million in 2007, according to the report. The senators said the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should restrict seniors shown to “doctor shop” for prescriptions from accessing such drugs.

“Beyond the fraud and abuse, taxpayer dollars are potentially being used to fuel the illicit prescription drug trade,” Brown said in a statement. Some Medicare patients got prescriptions from more than 80 different providers, he said.

There’s two parts to this problem, and they both go back to the War on Minorities(Some)Drugs.  The first is this — we undertreat pain.  Pain causes all kinds of health complications.  It slows healing, and it causes other complications.  When you are really in chronic pain, you need to have that pain treated.  Because of a bunch of jackbooted cops thinking they are better at making medical decisions than doctors, the doctors are afraid to prescribe enough pills to get rid of the pain.  All because some thug in DC is afraid that someone, somewhere is having a good time.

The second part is the black market created by prohibition.  The government likes to tout how expensive drugs are because of their prohibition.  Well, that gives old people a reason to try to get drugs that they can flip on the street.

End the drug war, release the prisoners, and both these problems go away.  Old people will be able to get the painkillers they need to not be in constant pain, and there will be no incentive to get pills to sell at inflated prices when the doper can go buy them for himself at the local Walgreens.

One Comment

  1. Constant pain is painful. Sleep is usually affected by constant pain. Moods too. I always know when I am seeing a doctor who has never had chronic pain or even pain that lasts more than a week. They tell me to get over it. Just sleep.