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Your Views: Doctors should do their part to head off painkiller addictions

POSTED: May 29, 2013 1:00 a.m.

A member of my family is addicted to narcotic painkillers. She has been addicted for over a decade. But this letter is not about her; it is about all the doctors in the Hall County area who have fed her addiction.

One by one, doctors eventually wise up and realize that this woman is an addict just looking for a fix, and she is banned from the practice. However, there are so many doctors in this area, along with doctors who do not seem to keep their Hippocratic oath in the forefront of their minds, that she is able to always get a prescription written.

I am calling on doctors to confront this epidemic head-on and do their best to fully vet a patient before writing them a narcotic painkiller prescription. I would love to see the creation and utilization of a database with abusers in it accessible to all physician offices to help curtail the addiction and abuse, and also reduce the supply “on the street.”

These prescriptions have ruined the life of this woman, and have deteriorated an entire side of my family. This is a plea to physicians to take this epidemic seriously.

Elizabeth Martin


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