Painkiller Prescribing Varies By State, Highest in South; Florida Reverses Trend: CDC

July 2, 2014
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  • July 2, 2014 at 2:45 pm
    Wonder says:
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    Do the figures have anything to do with the availability of Marijuana for the residents? Just wondering if easy access impacted the request for more pain Rx’s.

  • July 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm
    Elizabeth says:
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    Another article contributing to the scare tactics about prescription pain-killers. I don’t suppose the author has tried living a “normal” life (work, home, family) for fifty years or so with crushed vertebrae in his spine from a youthful accident?? Maybe toss in some resulting scoliosis a dozen years later? Didn’t think so. My guess is that the well-meaning author may take a couple of Advil a month and worry they may get “addicted.” C’mon, people, try to realize that these drugs are life savers for many, many decent hard-working people who truly wish we didn’t need them to survive. Take a look at the whole picture or get off the Evil Pain Drugs bandwagon!

    • July 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm
      SWFL Agent says:
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      Okay, I’ll look at the “whole picture” if you will. People addicted to pain killers aren’t all “decent hard-working people” as you describe.

      • July 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm
        Don't Call Me Shirley says:
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        The same can be said for those who drink alcohol. It should be outlawed.

  • July 2, 2014 at 2:50 pm
    captbilly says:
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    So it seems that one hand doesn’t know what the other is doing. Let me explain: About 80 years ago we tried prohibition as a way of dealing with rampant alcoholism in the US. We ended up creating a huge criminal sub-culture that survives to today, and made alcohol legal when we realized that people were drinking anyway. Then we made Marijuana illegal, and created another criminal sub-culture, and again, we are beginning to realize that you don’t actually stop people from smoking pot by making it illegal so many states have, or are in the process of, making marijuana legal. We had similar issues with heroin, cocaine, and other illegal drugs, where making them illegal didn’t stop people from using them but did make criminals rich.

    So now, as if the people regulating prescription drugs existed in a parallel universe where the situation described above never happened, they are thinking that the answer to people using drugs is to make them harder to get legally. It is very sad to see an friend or relative become addicted to prescription pain meds, but no more so than watching that same person become an alcoholic. We need to deal with all these addictive substances the same way, with education.

    Smoking in the US is way way down from when I was a child, the reason, a long term concerted effort to educate people about the dangers of smoking.

    • July 3, 2014 at 6:28 pm
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      Education smeducation. The thing that is keeping most kids from smoking is the cost. Would you rather drive a car and pay $4.00 a gallon for gas or sit on the corner smoking a $6.00 pack of cigarettes? The problem with narcotics is insurance pays for them. People do abuse them. I was shocked to see the numbers on here on how many scripts per 100 people were written. That is crazy. As we can see from other studies, prescription drugs are causing auto accidents at an alarming rate. When all you can think about it your next high, you don’t give a crap of what people tell you. I have seen it first hand from prescription drug addicts. They’ll lie and cheat you to get what they want. Yes, the few that truly need it are going to get screwed because of all the others that are using it as a cheap high. This is just one part of our nations spiral downward. I will end this with a good job New York!

      • July 7, 2014 at 12:45 pm
        Libby says:
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        Insurance will NOT pay for the amount of pain medication you would need to abuse them and they are VERY expensive on the street. I don’t think you know what you’re talking about.

        • July 7, 2014 at 2:55 pm
          Baxtor says:
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          Libby,
          You cannot believe what Obama tells you. He has never lived a “real” on the streets life. He only knows what Harvard told him, which is why our country is in such termoil, but let’s get back on point. This article talked about how many people were getting drugs from different doctors and yet the insurance companies WERE/ARE paying for them. You are correct, the price on the street is high, but through insurance or government programs, it is very cheap if not free. I know people that were high right down to the last few days before their script was due to renew. Then they showed up at Walgreens at 12:01am to get their next months dose. Of course they didn’t work for a living so they just bummed a ride off someone to get them there. So really they should be thanking those of us that do work, so they can sit at home and get high every day. All what they tell the doctors is they have pain and it doesn’t go away.

          • July 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm
            Libby says:
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            Baxtor, what in the hell does Obama have to do with anything?

            Insurance carriers track the prescriptions you submit and they would catch on pretty quickly, as would the pharmacy, should you submit multiple rx’s for narcotics from different doctors.

          • July 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm
            Libby says:
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            And you are the worst kind of bigot.

          • July 7, 2014 at 6:33 pm
            Baxtor says:
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            Libby,
            Before shooting your mouth off and looking like a fool, read the article. I’ll even direct you. Read the 2013 results for New York. Maybe you need to contact them and tell them they are wrong as there could not be any way possible that people were getting drugs from different doctors because the insurance company would have caught it. New York could have saved alot of money if they listened to you. LOL

          • July 8, 2014 at 10:16 am
            Libby says:
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            Speaking of shooting your mouth off, just where in the article does it mention insurance company payments?

            IT DOESN’T. Yes, you can get multiple prescriptions from multiple doctors, but you don’t submit them through your insurance. Moron.

          • July 8, 2014 at 2:32 pm
            Libby says:
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            What? No pithy comeback about me shutting my mouth, Baxtor or did you just realize you made a colossal ass out of yourself?

      • July 7, 2014 at 7:15 pm
        Don't Call Me Shirley says:
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        Baxtor, the drug dealers, violent gang members, and cartels love people like you. You’re increasing their business. Now they’ll have even more money to buy automatic weapons (the kind that you and I aren’t able to buy) and taking over more neighborhoods. Maybe you’ll care when yours is next.

        Cost doesn’t stop kids from using, when it’s given to them cheap (or free) at first. Then when they get hooked, the price goes up, and they end up stealing, or worse.

        As can be seen from many studies, alcohol abuse is causing auto accidents at an alarming rate. When all you can think about is your next drink, you don’t give a crap about what people tell you. I have seen it first hand from alcoholics. They’ll lie and cheat you to get what they want, because they can’t, or won’t, hold down a job. They don’t even have to go to a doctor to get their drug. Ban alcohol!

  • July 2, 2014 at 3:25 pm
    Thomas jordan says:
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    The left hates Gov Rick Scott and Pam Bondy. I have a few issues with both, but they certainly got the pill millt hing right in 2011.

    Gov. Rick Scott signed pill mill bill banning doctors from dispensing most narcotics, tracking wholesale distribution of most highly addictive pain medications and keeping intact the state’s prescription drug database.

    Scott says the new law will be a model for the nation.

    • July 3, 2014 at 9:05 am
      Brokie says:
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      FL’s numbers may have declined, but the pill mill racket is out of control. Gov. Cuomo of NY needs congratulations for his effective handling of this crisis.

    • July 7, 2014 at 12:47 pm
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      That’s because Florida was a haven for rx abusers. Something HAD to be done. They were way behind the times in addressing it.

    • July 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm
      Don't Call Me Shirley says:
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      Now, there are more break-ins in my neighborhood, because addicts are having to pay much much more than when they were getting prescriptions. The drug-dealers are loving it, though. They’re laughing all the way to the bank, and they’ll gladly sell to your kids or your grandkids.

      As far as insurance costs, many require the patient to use the generic version, which is cheaper than Tylenol.

      Also, heroin use is way up since these efforts have been implemeted. This, in turn, makes heroin much more prevailent in good neighborhoods and more easily accessible to kids. Does anyone bother to think things through? No, let’s just go for the knee-jerk reaction. That always makes things better. Morons.

  • July 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm
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    • July 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm
      MaureeninNJ says:
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      My doctor has prescribed Tramadol (a centrally acting atypical opioid analgesic) for moderate to severe pain. Each Rx is for 60 tablets which, if taken at the maximum prescribed dose, is 7.5 days. I get one renewal then I have to request a new Rx. My insurance carrier will only pay for 60 tablets at a time. Fortunately, I don’t need to take the max dosage every time so I usually get 10-12 days out of a single fill. But I have to admit it can be a bother to have to go to the pharmacy once a week but I’ll take that bother over not having an analgesic that helps.



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