Finally, in 2016, at long last, after 30 years of ‘refusing to acknowledge the problem’ there is now realization, led by the likes of the CDC and CNN (sees above), that U.S. doctors have to bear much of the responsibility of today’s prescription opioid crisis.
Though I have never taken opioids (though they have been prescribed to me a couple of times) I have, for the last 4 years (or so), been the SECOND HAND victim of indiscriminate, irresponsible and even cavalier prescription of opioids by doctors and more recently NURSES.
I already reported one to the NH Board of Medicine (and have a list of others that will also be so honored):
My BIG gripe of late is that in New Hampshire NURSES are allowed to write prescriptions for opioids — willy nilly.
I, coming from a family with many bona fide doctors, do NOT, not for a minute, by the argument that there is no difference between doctors and nurses. Of course there is. IF NOT why do we have different names for them. Let’s call them all ‘nurses’.
Doctors, of course, have, at a minimum, more education and training.
That nurses can prescribe opioids just irks me, especially when it is one whose appearance and demeanor inspires ZERO confidence in their discipline and outlook to life. Sorry, I think that an obese, unshaved nurse who insists on wearing pre-cum stained pants does NOT show adequate judgment to be entrusted with writing prescriptions that KILL and make others life a living hell.
We have to stop nurses from being allowed to prescribe extremely dangerous and addictive drugs — especially when they are in business to do NOTHING else but sell prescriptions.
Just locally here there is a nurse who I am pretty sure writes MORE prescriptions for opioids than any 4 doctors taken at random from a 15-mile radius of him! That is not right.
Let’s please all unite to stop this man-made epidemic. It has made MY life a hell.