Letters to the Editor

Bruce Blizzard: Testing companies profit from new painkiller rules

My doctor tells me that on Oct. 18 new rules go into effect regarding renewal of prescription painkillers. No longer can they be renewed by phone or have multiple renewals.

To stem the flow of prescription painkillers onto the streets, legitimate patients – regardless of how they feel or how much pain they are experiencing – must each and every month go to the doctor’s office or clinic and pick up a written prescription to take to their pharmacy. There are no exceptions, unless you are bedridden, in which case one person may be designated as a proxy. You must sign an agreement to do this or your prescription will be canceled. In signing the form, you agree to submit to a random drug test and must appear on the date chosen, or, again, your prescription will be canceled.

There is no charge by the doctor or clinic, but there is a charge for the mandatory drug test.

My doctor said this new law was written without consulting physicians groups and he knew of no doctor in favor of it. He surmises the authors of the bill were working in concert with drug-testing companies. If later studies show these regulations are ineffective, there is no “poison pill” written into the law to cancel the new requirements.

Say hello to higher medical costs, increased insurance costs and higher gasoline costs. Will this new law decrease the number of patients who sell prescription drugs? The answer is obvious. Perhaps some investigative reporter can dig deeper and find out who is responsible for these regulations, why they were enacted and who will profit from them.

Bruce Blizzard, Salida